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Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Secretary Salazar to Deliver Remarks at Women's History Forum
Will underscore need to highlight women's contributions to the telling of America's story, including through sites such as historic Sewall-Belmont House
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will deliver remarks at the culmination of a two-day forum to explore how to better recognize and celebrate women's contributions to our nation. The forum, Telling the Whole Story: Women and the Making of the U.S., is jointly hosted by the National Park Service, the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites and Sewall-Belmont House & Museum.
During his remarks, Salazar is expected to announce that the National Park Service is taking steps to heighten the visibility of the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum by bringing it under the umbrella of the National Mall. The Sewall-Belmont House is an historic building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. that once served as the headquarters for the National Woman's Party and is now a museum dedicated to telling the story of women's progress toward equality. The house's new affiliation will help elevate the prominence of the national historic landmark by providing additional recognition and access to the millions of visitors who come to the National Mall every year.
“It is a moral imperative that we tell the full story of America, including the contributions that women have made throughout our nation's history,” said Secretary Salazar. “Right now, less than eight percent of the National Park System is dedicated to women or women's achievements. We need to change that, and I look forward to working with the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites and other partners across the country to tell these untold stories and preserve our national heritage. Elevating the visibility of Sewall-Belmont House by affiliating it with the National Mall is an important and commonsense step that gives the campaign for equal rights and women's suffrage a more prominent role in our National Parks.”
During the forum, Salazar will receive a set of concrete recommendations from the forum's participants – including over 50 scholars and practitioners of women's history– on how to identify, research and interpret sites associated with women's stories through National Park system and partnership programs.
“This is a group that brings amazing expertise and experience--expending a great deal of energy and thoughtfulness. The recommendations they are developing and presenting to the Secretary will shape the National Park System for years to come,” said Dr. Heather Huyck, President of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites. “The National Collaborative for Women's History Sites brings deep knowledge of women's history. We were meant to be National Park Service partners.”
Today's forum builds upon a town hall Salazar held last March at the Maryland Women's Heritage Center in Baltimore, Md. with scholars and leaders in the women's history and heritage movement.
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Peggy O'Dell, Deputy Director of the National Park Service
Forum on Women's Role in American History
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 @ 5:15 p.m.
Mansfield Room (S-207)
Washington, DC 20510
Credentialed news media are invited to attend and cover the event.