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For Immediate Release
Release Date: 4/6/2018
Contact: Sue Bennett; Chief of Visitor Services and Community Outreach
Chicago, IL – Celebrate National Park Week at your neighborhood national park April 19 - 28, 2018. Learn about the lasting contributions of A. Philip Randolph on his birthday April 15, as well as enjoy the spring reopening of the National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum on April 19. On Earth Day weekend you can see two great films. Saturday at 3pm is “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution” in partnership with the One Earth Film Festival, City of Chicago and Historic Pullman Foundation. Sunday enjoy “Jens Jensen: The Living Green” and enjoy refreshments and a discussion lead by film director Carey Lundin; hosted by the Historic Pullman Garden Club, Historic Pullman Foundation, and NPS. Love National Parks? Then you don’t want to miss super fan David Kroese. Starting in 2016 he spent 20 months touring over 400 national park units. He and his wife have some amazing stories to share on Tuesday, April 24 between 6 and 7:30pm at the shared Visitor Information Center. National Park Week ends with a dedication of the Historic Pullman Center in memory of the contributions of Florence Lowden Miller. Mrs. Miller, George M. Pullman’s granddaughter, was a longtime advocate of preserving the town of Pullman.
Our staff and partners are sharing a variety of ways for you to enjoy your local national park and learn more about Pullman. Partners: City of Chicago, Historic Pullman Foundation, Historic Pullman Garden Club, One Earth Film Festival, National A. Philip Pullman Porter Museum, and National Park Service. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/pull or call 773/264-7431 Tuesday through Saturday between 11 and 4.
Celebrate National Park Week at Your Neighborhood National Park
Pullman National Monument - April 19 – 28, 2018
April 15 – Sunday 2 – 5pm “Randolph’s Dream In Motion” Community Bike Ride
Celebrate A. Philip Randolph's Birthday at the spring community bike ride on Sunday that will start and end at the museum (free). Return on Thursday, April 19th (between 11 and 4) when the museum officially reopens for the season. Location: National A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum; 104th St. (Corliss and Maryland Ave). Call 773/850-8580 for information.
April 21 – Saturday 3 - 5pm “Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution” Film Screening
James Redford’s film was sparked by his curiosity about the state of renewable energy in America. Follow his journey across the country and what he discovered. In partnership with the One Earth Film Festival, Historic Pullman Foundation and NPS. Location: Shared Visitor Information Center 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Free, but reservations required due to limited seating at https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/earth-day-2018/.
April 22 – Sunday 3 - 5pm “Jens Jensen: The Living Green” Film Screening and Director’s Talk
Chicagoan Jens Jensen changed the conversation about conservation, sharing his passion about native plants and green spaces for everyone. See the film this Earth Day and talk with the director, Cary Lundin, afterwards. In partnership with Historic Pullman Garden Club, Historic Pullman Foundation, and NPS. Free, but reservations required due to limited seating https://goo.gl/MMyw5o.
April 24 – Tuesday 6 – 7:30pm “Meet a National Park Super fan, David Kroese”
Super fan David Kroese had a 20-month adventure touring nearly 400 National Parks in 50 states that started with the 2016 Park Service Centennial. His stunning pin collection on display is just a hint of the adventures and people he encountered on his quest. Join David and his wife to hear the secret he learned about the NPS on his journey. Location: Visitor Information Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave, Free.
April 28 – Saturday 2 – 3pm “Celebrating Florence Lowden Miller”
Florence Lowden Miller, granddaughter of George M. Pullman, was a longtime advocate of preserving the town of Pullman. The Historic Pullman Center will be dedicated in memory of her many contributions and stewardship of cultural and natural resources. Location: Historic Pullman Center - 614 E 113th St. Free. Call 773/785-8901 for information.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for the 417 parks in the National Park System and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.
Last updated: April 10, 2018