Preservation 50 at Death Valley National Park

Oct 11, 2016 View Comments by

October 15-16, 2016, the National Park Service is hosting Preservation 50 at Death Valley National Park.

At Preservation 50, the public is invited to learn about Death Valley’s rich cultural heritage through presentations by local historians, archaeologists, and tribal members. Free presentations will be from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Saturday, October 15, in Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

Death Valley National ParkOn Sunday, October 16, several hands-on activities and field trips will give the public a chance to delve deeper into efforts to preserve Death Valley’s past. There will be an opportunity to assist archaeologists screening soil from an archaeological site to find artifacts. Field trips will be offered to nearby historic sites, such as Ryan Camp. Space on Sunday’s activities is limited, and people can sign up at Furnace Creek Visitor Center the day before.

Preservation 50 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), which was the most far-reaching historic preservation legislation ever enacted in the United States. The NHPA was signed into law on October 15, 1966. It was intended to preserve historical and archaeological sites in the U.S. and established the list of National Historic Landmarks and the State Historic Preservation Offices. The NHPA also created the National Register of Historic Places, which is overseen by the National Park Service.

Preservation 50 is also one of Death Valley National Park’s series of special events celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016. For more information, visit Preservation 50.

Text and image: NPS


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