A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Secretary Jewell, National Park Service Director Jarvis to Host Panel Discussion as Part of LGBT Heritage Theme Study
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Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Ambassador John Berry to deliver remarks; Leading scholars will explore ways to commemorate, interpret LGBT history in America
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis will host a panel discussion including leading historians and scholars to discuss ways to celebrate and interpret lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history in the context of broader American history. Prior to the panel discussion, U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Ambassador to Australia John Berry will deliver kick-off remarks.
The discussion is the first step in the LGBT Heritage Theme Study that Secretary Jewell announced on May 30th at the Stonewall Inn in New York City to identify places and events associated with the story of LGBT Americans for inclusion in the parks and programs of the National Park Service. The theme study is part of a broader initiative under the Obama Administration to ensure that the National Park Service reflects and tells a more complete story of the people and events responsible for building this nation.
The goals of the heritage initiative include: engaging scholars, preservationists and community members to identify, research, and tell the stories of LGBT associated properties; encouraging national parks, national heritage areas, and other affiliated areas to interpret LGBT stories associated with them; identifying, documenting, and nominating LGBT-associated sites as national historic landmarks; and increasing the number of listings of LGBT-associated properties in the National Register of Historic Places. Click here to view the kick-off announcement of the LGBT Heritage Theme Study.
The public will be invited to take part in next week's panel discussion to learn more about the initiative and to ask questions and share comments on its initial phases.
Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader John Berry, U.S. Ambassador to Australia Jonathan B. Jarvis, National Park Service Director LGBT Scholars
Scholars Panel Discussion on LGBT Heritage Theme Study
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Media Check-in: 2:15 p.m. EDT Panel Discussion: 2:30 p.m. EDT
U.S. Department of the Interior Sidney Yates Auditorium 1849 C Street NW, Washington D.C.
Credentialed members of the media interested in covering the event are encouraged to RSVP HERE by June 9, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. EDT
For more information on the LGBT Heritage Initiative and theme study, click here.