Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
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 that highlight DOI bureau projects funded under a competitive program for Cultural and Scientific Collections. These include a BLM project to both catalog BLM museum objects and to educate children and the wider public about BLM collections in Montana, an anniversary celebration at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge (FWS) to commemorate the sinking of the steamship Bertrand in 1865,a conservation assessment of USGS's Lunar Training Vehicle "Grover", and planning for a DOI-wide collections repository at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site (NPS).
Issue 2 - Articles about BLM Anasazi Heritage Center’s use of Facebook to highlight their collections, the importance of shopkeeper’s ledgers to the park’s history at C&O Canal National Historical Park, and the new display of the official secretarial portraits in the Stewart Lee Udall building in Washington, DC by the Interior Museum.
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).