Ken Burns' National Parks Film

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News Release Date: August 27, 2009

On Tuesday evening, September 1  from 7:00 - 9:00  pm, at Sherwood Hall in Salinas, Pinnacles National Monument, Pinnacles Partnership, KQED Public Media, National Parks Conservation Association, Big Sur Land Trust, and the Monterey County Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce will host a preview of the companion film to the upcoming PBS series, The National Parks: America's Best Idea.  The evening will start with the series’ companion film, This is America, chronicling the diversity of National Park pioneers.  Following the viewing will be a discussion and update about Pinnacles National Monument and its programs.

To RSVP, email Pinnacles National Monument at  or call 831-389-4486 x 243 .  There is no fee for this event but space is limited.  Sherwood Hall is located in Salinas Community Center, 940  North Main Street, Salinas, CA.    

Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature’s most spectacular locales - from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska - The National Parks: America's Best Idea is, nonetheless, a story of people: people from every conceivable background - rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy. It is a story full of struggle and conflict, high ideals and crass opportunism, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration - set against the most breathtaking backdrops imaginable.  

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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