Public Invited to Celebrate the Centennial Of The National Park Service At Glacier National Park

from NPS Glacier National Park

Park Entrance Fees Waived for August 25 –August 28

Entrance fees to the Park, as well as all other units of the National Park Service, will be waived for four days.

NPScentennialWEST GLACIER, MONT –On August 25th celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. The celebration is as much a reflection on the importance the national park system has played in our nation’s heritage as it is an opportunity to look forward to the next 100 years. As we take that look,we must do everything we can to foster the next generation in becoming outstanding stewards and advocates for Glacier National Park and prepare them for the future challenges of protecting its natural resources, celebrating its cultural legacy, and providing for outstanding visitor experiences.

At Glacier, we are in the forever business, always taking that long look forward to where we are headed. The next generation will be challenged by managing the parks in the face of climate change. For this park it could mean the loss of its remaining glaciers with significant impacts on the ecosystems and the waterways which originate from here. The next generation will also face an ongoing change in park demographics.This could mean a demand for new recreational experiences, adapting to increases in visitation, and adjusting to rapidly evolving technology.

Our cultural heritage at Glacier National Park goes back far beyond the establishment of the park. It goes to the deep connectivity that the Kootenai, Blackfeet, Salish, and Pend D’Oreille have to this landscape. Thosenative traditions and practices are an important part of the deep rich texture of Glacier National Park. As the park and tribes move forward together in the next 100 years, the next generation has the opportunity to strengthen important programs, such as Native America Speaks, tourism development, and the Iinnii project, and develop new initiatives with our tribal partners.

As we enter our second century, I invite you to celebrate with us the sense of wonder that these historic and wild landscapes have instilled in us all.

The National Park Service Centennial Week Events

 

  1. Commemorative coings
    Commemorative coins

    National Park Centennial Instameet: Glacier National Park, partnering with the Glacier National Park Conservancy, the Department of the Interior, and Visit Montana as well as special guest photographers are hosting an Instameet on August 25from 6 p.m. to sunset in the Apgar Village Green near the Apgar Village Inn. Visitors are encouraged to come together to connect, explore, and celebrate creativity with a camera, make new friends, exchange ideas, and celebrate the 100thbirthday of the National Park Service (NPS). All ages, levels of experience and types of cameras are welcome. Around 6:15 p.m. the host of the Instameet will say a few words in regards to the National Park Service centennial. The official Glacier National Park Service centennial visitor photograph will be taken around 7:00 p.m. Visitors will have a chance to sign the photo matte and be a part of NPS history. The photograph will be posted on our social media sites, printed and hung in the park, as well as copy presented to the director of the National Park Service. It is anticipated that attendance will be high;visitors are encouraged to park at the Apgar Visitor Center and take the bike path to the event.

  2. NPS Photo
    NPS Photo

    Happy Birthday NPS 100 Ranger Program: Say “Happy Birthday NPS” and join a national park ranger for a special program at the St. Mary Visitor Center Auditorium, Thursday, August 25, 8:00 p.m. Admission is by ticket only, with only 209 tickets available. Attendees can pick up a free ticket at the St. Mary Visitor Center beginning on the morning of August 24.The program will explore the history of the National Park Service, reflect on the last 100 years, and the role Glacier will play as we prepare for the next 100.

  3. Logan Pass Star Party: Explore the dark skies of Glacier National Park and attend the Logan Pass Star Party. Admission is by ticket only. Attendees can pick up their free ticket (one per vehicle) at the Apgar or St. Mary Visitor Centers beginning Thursday August 25. The Logan Pass Star Party will be held at Logan Pass Parking Lot from 9:30 p.m. to midnight on Friday, August 26. Attendees will have opportunities to meet with rangers and members of the Big Sky Astronomy Club while taking in the unusually dark skies. There will also be telescopes available to look into the depths of the universe.
  4. Give Back To Glacier Week: The Glacier National Park Conservancy (GNPC) is hosting a “Give Back To Glacier Week,” from August 19 –28.GNPC volunteers will be at entrance locations throughout the park asking for involvement in the program. The GNPC is the official fundraising partner of Glacier National Park providing funding for vital projects and programs that preserve and protect the park.

Wish I could be there.

–Malcolm

Malcolm R. Campbell’s contemporary fantasy novels “The Sun Singer” and “Sarabande” are set in Glacier National Park. He was a bellman at Many Glacier Hotel while in college.

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Lake McDonald Lodge Celebrates Centennial on June 14th

from the Glacier Park Conservancy:

Glacier National Park Conservancy and Glacier National Park Lodges

McDLake McDonald Lodge will celebrate its centennial on June 14th, 2014.

Get ready for complimentary red bus transportation from the Apgar Visitor Center to Lake McDonald Lodge, historic walking tours, ranger programs, and more! Festivities will begin at 1 pm and end at approximately 9:15 pm.

PROGRAM

12:30 pm-8:00 pm: Complimentary red bus tours will operate on a continuous loop between the Apgar Visitor Center and Lake McDonald Lodge. Visitors are encouraged to park at the Apgar Visitor Center as parking is limited at the lodge.

1:00-2:00 pm: Historic Walking Tours at Lake McDonald Lodge

2:00 – 4:00 pm: Silent Auction for Old Hickory Chair begins – Proceeds benefit Glacier National Park Conservancy

2:00 pm: Opening comments

2:30 pm: Glacier Park Foundation presentation

3:30 pm: Lake McDonald Lodge Dedication

4:00 pm: Old Hickory Chair Silent Auction Winner Announced

5:00-9:00 pm: Dine on your own at Lake McDonald Lodge with centennial themed specials

6:00-8:00 pm: Movies in the auditorium

8:30 pm: Ranger-led evening program on Lake McDonald history in the auditorium

I can’t make the trip from Georgia, but for those of you who live closer, this ought to be a great event.

Malcolm

Malcolm R. Campbell is a former Glacier National Park hotels seasonal employee and the author of several novels set in the park.

Glacier Centennial Activities

Grinnell Glacier near Many Glacier Hotel
from the Glacier National Park Centennial Committee

Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 8 PM (park entrance fee required) More than Just a Pretty Place (interpretive program) Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium, Glacier National Park, MT
406-888-7939. Focus: Glacier National Park’s geology and history.

Wednesday-Friday, July 14, 15, and 16, 2010 (registration required) Traversing the International Peace Park Glacier Institute Course, Glacier National Park, MT http://www.glacierinstitute.org Join the Glacier Institute for a first-hand understanding of the international, cross border dimensions of park management. Learn how park managers cooperate across the border on resource protection, scientific research, search and rescue, visitor services and interpretation. We will discuss the peace park as the ecological core of the Crown of the Continent ecosystem.

Monday-Saturday, July 19-25, 2010
Columbia Falls Centennial Heritage Days
Columbia Falls, MT
http://www.cfallsheritagedays.com
A multi-day annual celebration of the regional heritage. This year, Heritage Days will kick off with an opening ceremony at Marantette Park in Columbia Falls on July 19, at noon. The Joe Cosley exhibit (past Glacier National Park Ranger) will be unveiled on July 23 at 6:30 PM at Discovery Square. The centennial parade will kick off at 11 AM on July 24th on Nucleus Ave.

Tuesday-Monday, July 20-25, 2010 (membership required) Glacier Mountaineering Society Centennial Summit Glacier National Park, MT http://www.glaciermountaineers.com An official Glacier National Park Centennial mountaineering event to promote awareness of the spectacular natural diversity to be found beyond the roads and trails of Glacier National Park. The event consists of climbing various peaks throughout the week of July 19-25, 2010, a trail work day, and a luncheon.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM (park entrance fee required) Where have all the glaciers gone?
Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park, MT 406-732-7740 What is a glacier, anyway??? What is the relationship between the Ice Age glaciers and our present small glaciers? What is the relationship between climate and Montana’s current glaciers? What does the future hold for Glacier National Park’s glaciers? Meet a ranger in the lobby of the Many Glacier Hotel. Some walking and stairs will be involved.

Thursday, July 22, 2010 8 PM (park entrance fee required) Josephine Doody (living history program) Lake McDonald Lodge Auditorium, Glacier National Park, MT
406-888-7931
Feisty, ferocious, freewheeling – she was called the Bootleg Lady of Glacier. Josephine fell in love with the rugged pioneer life, and together with her husband Dan, worked their homestead on the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, hunted mountain lions with their Airedale dogs, and peddled Josephine’s legendary moonshine to other hardy Glacier settlers.

from the Glacier Park Foundation

A reunion of Many Glacier Hotel employees has been scheduled for July 29 – August 1. Tentative schedule:

Thursday – sign in, meet & greet
Friday – hiking, Hootenany in the evening
Saturday – hiking, group dinner (Johnsons)
Sunday – free day, Serenade in the evening

Every purchase of this mountain adventure novel set in Swiftcurrent Valley, the Belly River Valley and Chief Mountain benefits the Glacier National Park centennial committee.

Glacier Centennial: Caroline Lockhart

Newspaper reporter, bestselling novelist and rancher Caroline Lockhart (1871-1962) was probably the first woman to go over Glacier National Park’s Swiftcurrent Pass. Working for a Philadelphia newspaper under the pseudonym “Suzette,” she came to Altyn, Montana in 1901 and spent the rest of her life in the West.

At the time, Altyn was a boisterous mining boom town in the Swiftcurrent Valley in present-day Glacier National Park, a town its promoters said would soon become the rich center for gold, silver, copper and even oil. (See my essay about Altyn and the Swiftcurrent Valley in the upcoming “Nature’s Gifts” anthology to be released in March.)

In Cowboy Girl, an excellent biography of Caroline Lockhart, John Clayton writes that “Suzette’s arrival represented major news for Altyn, which had been born less than three years previously, when a strip of land was taken from the Blackfeet Indians and thrown open to mining. Altyn’s prospectors believed that within a few years its destiny would be decided: ‘the richest and biggest camp on earth or nothing.'”

By all accounts, Lockhart was ornery, strong-minded, strong-willed, and outspoken. (She called novelist Zane Grey a “tooth-pulling ass!”) Some suggest that her liberated personality kept Lockhart and her novels–several of which were made into movies–from being better known over the long term. Her novels include Me-Smith, Lady Doc, The Man from Bitter Roots, and The Fighting Shepherdess.

Lockhart owned a newspaper in Cody, Wyoming, where she also served as the first president of the Cody Stampede. Her fight against prohibition would keep Lockhart and her paper in the public’s often-angry eye. Even though she came west as a Phildelphia “Bulletin” reporter, she had grown up on a ranch; she found her dream again when she bought a ranch at Dryhead, Montana near the Pryor Mountains. She increased the size of the ranch and became, in her mind, a true cattle queen. The ranch is now owned by the National Park Service as part of the Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area.

In his article “Project Slows Decay at Lockhart Ranch,” Clayton addressed challenges of restoration–historical authenticity vs. practicality–when he noted that “the research also provides delicious evidence of how characters of the past dealt with hardships. For example, Lockhart had an old-style plank floor in her kitchen. She liked the look of it, but mice could easily creep through its gaps. So she kept two bullsnakes in the house to kill the mice. Today, by contrast, the Park Service uses gravel fill beneath the planks to keep out the rodents.”

Lockhart came west via the Great Northern Railway looking for adventure. By all accounts she not only found it but became a part of it. According to a the National Park Service’s Caroline Lockhart page, the aging liberated lady wrote, “There are no old timers left anymore. I feel like the last leaf on the tree.”

Copyright (c) 2010 by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of two novels, “The Sun Singer” (set in Glacier Park) and “Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire” (set in an imaginary Texas town).