All Subjects
      All Types

        Info

        Grades

        6-12

        Permitted Use

        Stream and Download


        Part of Ken Burns
        0 Favorites
        49 Views

        Writers, Leaders, Conservationists, and Scientists | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        View images of National Park supporters like George Dorr, Horace Albright, Stephen Mather, and John Muir. See images of scientists who studied the parks, like Adolph Murie and George Wright. Artists, like George Masa and Horace Kephart, and inspired political figures, like Martin Luther King and Franklin D. Roosevelt. The creation of America’s National Parks was an idea that grew out of a sense of pride in the country’s ecological and geographic diversity. The park system would never be a reality if not for the passion and dedication of the conservationists, philanthropists, scientists, artists, and tourists who believed in the idea. 

        George Dorr, Acadia National Park | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        George Dorr, a founder of Acadia National Park and its first superintendent, standing on the Emery Path the lower east side of Dorr Mountain. Source: Acadia National Park.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        Horace Albright at the Grand Canyon, 1915 | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        Horace Albright dressed standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon National Park, July 11, 1915. Albright helped Stephen Mather create the National Park Service in 1916 and later became the agency's second director. Source: Marian Albright Schenk.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        Horace Albright and Bears, Yellowstone National Park, 1922 | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        Official park regulations discouraged tourists from feeding bears, but even Horace Albright (Yellowstone Superintendent, later National Park Service Director) realized what a popular attraction they were. Source: Marian Albright Schenk.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        John Muir, 1908 | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        John Muir stands beside a giant sequoia tree. The majestic sequoia is ... the king of the conifers," Muir wrote, "the noblest of all the noble race." Source: Harpers Ferry, National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        Stephen Mather and Horace Albright, Yosemite National Park, 1925 | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        Stephen Mather and Horace Albright stand with other rangers at the dedication of Yosemite Post Office, Yosemite National Park, 1925. Source: Yosemite National Park Museum, Archives and Library.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        Stephen Mather, First Director of the National Park Service | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        Stephen Mather, a wealthy businessman, mobilized public support in for creation of the National Park Service, whose responsibility would be protecting the Parks. He became its first director. Source: Harpers Ferry, National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        Stephen Mather, 1915 | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        Mather combined a flair for promotion with a deep belief in the value of National Parks for building better citizens. He called them the "vast schoolrooms of Americanism" and joined forces with the budding automobile craze to make them accessible to more people. Source: Marian Albright Schenck.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        John Muir in the Petrified Forest, 1905 | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        Muir worried that the petrified trees, some more than 200 million years old, would be destroyed to make industrial abrasives and carted off for table tops. He persuaded President Theodore Roosevelt to declare them a national monument. Source: The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        Adolph Murie, Igloo Canyon, Mt. McKinley (Denali) National Park, ca. 1920s| Ken Burns: The National Parks

        Park biologist Murie conducted the first in-depth study of wolves at Denali National Park. He concluded they were essential to the ecological equilibrium of the area, and should be protected, not eliminated. Source: Denali National Park, National Park Service Historic Photograph Collection.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        George Masa Photographing the Great Smoky Mountains | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        George Masa, a Japanese immigrant, helped the crusade to create Great Smoky Mountains National Park with his scenic photographs of the region. He and the writer Horace Kephart became best friends. Source: George Ellison.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        George Melendez Wright with Maria Lebrado (Totuya), Yosemite National Park, 1929 | Ken Burns: The Natioanl Parks

        When the last survivor of the expulsion of the Ahwahneechees returned to her former homeland, Yosemite Valley, in 1929, George Melendez Wright, a young Park Service employee, was asked to help translate her Spanish into English. Source: Pam Wright Lloyd.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        Writer Horace Kephart in the Great Smokies | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        The writer Horace Kephart had retreated from civilization in the Great Smokies, but became concerned that the magnificent forests were being destroyed by loggers. He and photographer George Masa became best friends. Source: NC Collection, Pack Memorial Public Library, Asheville, North Carolina.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        Franklin Roosevelt at CCC Camp, Shenandoah National Park, 1933 | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        National parks were one of the principal beneficiaries of FDR's New Deal policies. Three million Americans found much-needed jobs in the Civilian Conservation Corps, improving roads and buildings and planting trees in national parks and national forests. Source: Harpers Ferry, National Park Service.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" Speech, Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963 | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        The Lincoln Memorial became part of the National Parks system in 1933, when FDR expanded the Park idea to include historical sites. MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech took place there in 1963. His Atlanta birthplace became a National Historic Site in 1980. Source: Harpers Ferry, NPS Photo. Collection.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        Alaska Protesters Burn President Carter in Effigy, ca. 1978 | Ken Burns: The National Parks

        President Jimmy Carter's 1978 decision to invoke the Antiquities Act to save huge portions of Alaska from development sparked furious opposition in the state. A 1980 legislative compromise resulted in seven new National Parks in Alaska. Source: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Archives.

        Permitted Use:

        Stream and Download

        Accessibility:


        Transcript:


        Download:

        × Close

        Contributor:

        You must be logged in to use this feature

        Need an account?
        Register Now