Yosemite has inspired generations of people for thousands of years. On June 30, 1864, amid the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act, establishing Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove. From the beginning, this act was a legacy for our nation. Today, the preservation of Yosemite inspires the world.
The Yosemite Grant was the first land grant to protect wild lands for the enjoyment of people. In addition, this grant marked the first California State Park. With the help of many partners and friends, Yosemite & the gateway communities are hosting a nation-wide commemorative effort to honor the 150th anniversary of this significant event that spurred the national park idea.
In 1890, the land surrounding these two tracts were designated Yosemite National Park. John Muir's persuasive words to President Roosevelt and state authorities led to combining Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove with Yosemite National Park in 1906.
Visionaries like Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Galen Clark understood that the wonders of the American wilderness are not only our inheritance, but our responsibility. Now, 150 years later, the promise of the Yosemite Grant endures as this beloved national park opens its arms to over 4 million people annually who marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty and gain a new understanding of the importance of preserving our wild lands.
Join us in honoring the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act, as Yosemite National Park and the surrounding region tell the story of how this inaugural act impacted the lives of the Yosemite Native American residents; inspired conservation efforts and partnerships among state and federal park systems; and continues to draw visitors from around the world.
The Anniversary Website – www.nps.gov/yose/anniversary
The site includes an anniversary timeline, a calendar of over one hundred community activities, stories from Yosemite visitors, historic images, interesting facts, inspirational quotes and a video – among other things!
Calendar of Anniversary Activities
The park and gateway communities have planned a multitude of activities from artist events to festivals, history symposiums to Jr. Ranger programs that will commemorate the 150th Anniversary. In addition the Yosemite Conservancy has released Seed of the Future, a new Dayton Duncan book, a collection of 150 published visitor stories, and a special Ken Burns' documentary to honor this milestone. A complete list of over 100 activities and projects is available at www.nps.gov/yose/anniversary.
Youth In Yosemite Short Film Contest
Yosemite National Park in partnership wtih The Ansel Adams Gallery presents the Youth in Yosemite Short Film Contest - a celebration of Yosemite through film Submissions are open to all youth 25 years of age or under. Please see contest guidelines for eligibility and submission requirements. Selected films will be shown at the youth film awards ceremony, scheduled to be held in Yosemite Valley. Click here for guidelines and information.
You can participate in the anniversary while you are staying in or passing through one of our neighboring communities. Top five ways to get involved:
Did you know that the world of conservation has many anniversaries over the next few years? Watch for opportunities in the Yosemite region for you to engage in these upcoming milestones:
September 3, 2014 - 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
October 1, 2015 – 125th Anniversary of Yosemite National Park
October 1, 2015 – 125th Anniversary of Sequoia National Park
August 25, 2016 – 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service
Did You Know?
Our anniversary team consists of 85 volunteers, our park partners, California State Parks, and National Park Service staff. We have a mosaic of backgrounds and interests – with Yosemite at our core. We are honoring the 150th Anniversary through events, programs, and official merchandise found in Yosemite and throughout the communities surrounding the park.
President Abraham Lincoln’s signature enacted the protection and preservation of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias for eternity.
To find commemorative merchandise, look for this poster at retail locations in the park and in the region.
40637 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644 • Phone: 559-683-4636 • Fax: 559-683-5697 • firstname.lastname@example.org
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