Olympic NP Speakers Series Kicks Off November 9

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Date: November 3, 2010
Contact: Dave Reynolds, 360-565-2985

Photographer Harry von Stark of Quilcene and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation hydropower foreman Kevin Yancy of Port Angeles will speak about the history of the Elwha and Glines Canyon hydropower projects November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center.

For nearly 100 years, the power of the Elwha River has been harnessed to generate electricity to help meet the industrial needs of the Olympic Peninsula. Through stunning photographs and tales from the powerhouse, Harry and Kevin offer unique perspectives on the history of the river, helping 'Elwha Power' come to life.

"We are pleased to co-sponsor this talk as the first in this season's Speakers Series. With the start of our nation's largest dam removal less than a year away, the Elwha River continues to capture regional, national and even international attention," said park Superintendent Karen Gustin. "Harry's vision and imagery, combined with Kevin's insight and experience, will offer guests a memorable and educational evening."

Harry von Stark's current exhibition is on display at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center through November 28. The center is open each Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information on 'Elwha Power' visit pafac.org.

'Perspectives' programs are co-sponsored by the Friends of Olympic National Park and are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month from November through May.

Held at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center at 3002 Mount Angeles Road in Port Angeles, all 'Perspectives' programs are free and open to members of the public. However, seating is limited so attendees are encouraged to arrive early. Refreshments will also be served, and guests are asked to bring their own cup or mug as part of the park's efforts to reduce waste at the event.

For more information on Elwha River Restoration, visit Olympic National Park's website at www.nps.gov/olym or interact and share your views by locating 'Elwha River Restoration' on Facebook.

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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