Representing the American Landscape: The People's Parks. A lecture by Charles Mitchell.
Drawing on visual images like paintings, illustrations and photography, promotional materials, explorers' accounts, the scholar's own explorations and other sources, this lecture explores the history of the park as landscape, retreat, resource, and more. The presentation can be tailored to focus on a specific American landscape, including Central Park, Niagara Falls, the Catskills, or Hudson Valley, or one of the major National Parks (Yellowstone, Yosemite, Everglades, Acadia, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Olympic). Among the questions addressed: How did this place come to be "discovered," created, or identified? What were the forces behind this? How has the public been encouraged to visit or preserve the place; how has the experience of that visit been shaped? How has the landscape been used by Native Americans, settlers, early tourists, contemporary visitors? What are the management, ecological, and other issues that it currently faces?
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