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News Release

For Immediate Release: 10/7/2014

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California State Parks Symposium on the 150th Anniversary of State Parks and Public Land Preservation


Vicky Waters, Deputy Director, Communications



WHO:   Moderator,Jeff Pappas, Ph.D,

            Panelist,Jen Huntley, Ph.D,

            Panelist, Glenna Matthews, Ph.D

            Panelist, James Newland, M.A.


WHAT:   A Re-examination of the Groundbreaking Yosemite Grant Act of 150 Years Ago: Scholars will review the key people and events that brought about public land management.


WHEN:   Saturday, October 25th, 2014

              From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

              Symposium attendance is free with museum admission.

              Museum admission: Adults $10; Youth $5 (ages 6 to 17)


WHERE:   California State Railroad Museum Theater

                125 I St.

                Sacramento, Ca 95814


WHY:   The venerable California State and National Park Systems began with Congress’ granting of the Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove to California.  On June 28, 1864, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation granting these properties to the state of California to be “held for public use, resort, and recreation…inalienable for all time.” These public institutions have been described as perhaps “America’s, and California’s, Best Idea” ever.


ADDITIONAL INFO:   A question and answer period will follow the discussion.

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California State Parks Mission

To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high quality outdoor recreation.