America’s national parks – and how they came into being – will be the focus of a program at the Seymour Historical Society on Sunday, May 21, at 2 p.m.
In 1872, the United States created Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park, with the goal being to “conserve the scenery . . . unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
Today, there are more than 450 national parks in the U.S. In the May 21 program, Professor Hamish Lutris, of Capital Community College, will explore the personalities and events that led to the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.
He will explain how protection of the nation’s lands was considered to be a radical move at the time. And he will discuss the history of conservation and how the American wilderness plays an important role in the nation’s identity.
The Seymour Historical Society is located at 59 West Street, near the Trinity Episcopal Church. The program is free to Seymour Historical Society members and $5 for non-members.