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).
The Interior Museum Program's newsletter, Interior Shelves, highlights some of the remarkable collections and exhibits managed and cared for by DOI bureaus and offices for use by researchers, educators, students, local communities, and many others.
Click on the links below to view and download the PDF file of each newsletter.
Issue 1 - Articles about NPS lesson plans that allow students to engage history by bringing museum collections into the classroom, a FWS project that uses zooarchaeological remains to study climate change, and a celebration at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge (FWS) to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the sinking of the steamship Bertrand.
Issue 2 - Articles about a NPS program at Morristown National Historical Park that gives students hands-on experience with primary source archives, a BIA collection that preserves native Alaskan cultural history, and a new exhibit at the Interior Museum that explores the intersection of DOI and pop culture.
Issue 1 - Articles about a partnership between Cape Cod National Seashore (NPS) and a local high school to bring documents about Native American genealogy to light, research on BOR's collection of bison fossils, and the reopening of the Interior Museum with an exhibit of Works Progress Administration (WPA) national park posters.
Issue 2 - Articles about the research and public outreach efforts at the Civil War archaeological site of Camp Lawton (FWS), the creation of a mobile museum with the help of Effigy Mounds National Monument (NPS), and new interactive programming at IACB's three museums.
Issue 1 - Articles about new NPS museum objects at Kalaupapa National Historical Park, the preservation of an archeological collection from an excavation at a National Historic Landmark in Oregon by a NPS curator and conservator, and the Frank Rinehart photograph collection owned and managed by Indian Affairs.
Issue 2- Articles about the archives collection of the Fish and Wildlife Service, especially those pertaining to the Civilian Conservation Corps, moving Nike Missile equipment between national park units for interpretative programming, and how the Indian Arts and Crafts Board are sharing their collections with the public.
Issue 1– Articles about D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives (FWS), virtual museum exhibits of the NPS, the Grand Canyon museum collection (NPS), and zoological collections of the USGS
Issue 2– Articles about the dinosaur exhibit at Dinosaur National Monument (NPS), the artwork provided to DOI senior staff through the Art-in-Office Program of the Interior Museum, and the partnership between the Flagstaff Area National Monuments and the Museum of Northern Arizona that promotes access and use of the important NPS collections.
Issue 3– Articles about Reclamation's collection at Hoover Dam, the preservation and use of totem poles at Sitka National Monument (NPS), and a BLM fossil collection at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
Issue 1– Articles about the basket collection at the Interior Museum, an unexpected fossil find at Olympic National Park (NPS), and the historic collection of USGS geologist Dr. David Love.
Issue 2 – Articles about the archeological collections at the Anasazi Heritage Center (BLM), a BLM fossil collection at New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, ship models at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (NPS), and a collection of Civil War personal items donated to the Gettysburg National Military Park (NPS).