Coral Gables Museum to celebrate National Park Service Centennial

Gables Museum Seminole jacket seen in forefront was given as gift to President Roosevelt when he sign the Everglades into the National Park systemThe public is invited to attend the centennial celebration for the National Park Service (NPS) at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave., Aug. 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The museum presents “This Land Is Your Land: A Second Century For America’s National Parks,” an exhibit endorsed and supported by NPS that features the most exciting artifacts from the collections of Everglades, Big Cypress, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas.

Visitors will enjoy free admission, cake, cash bar, meeting park rangers from all four South Florida national parks, and listening to a brief panel about the future of national parks in our country. Panelists include representatives from National Park Service, National Park Conservation Association, South Florida National Parks Trust, and Artists in Residence in Everglades Inc. This event is sponsored in part by The Everglades Association.

“This Land Is Your Land: A Second Century for America’s National Parks” considers America’s National Park Service as it enters its second century with a particular focus on South Florida’s four national park sites: Everglades, Biscayne and Dry Tortugas national parks and Big Cypress National Preserve. Its purpose is to elevate awareness of our national parks with the hope of motivating action toward their continued protection. Experiential in approach, this exhibition presents natural and cultural objects, artwork and film to communicate the national park idea and experience.

Curated by Jacqueline Crucet and designed by Miami-based design firm SimpleFly Creative, this exhibit is endorsed and supported by the National Park Service. Sponsors include National Park Conservation Association, Withers Transportation, South Florida National Park Trust, and New Belgium Brewing Company.

The Coral Gables Museum’s mission is to celebrate, investigate and explore the civic arts of architecture and urban and environmental design, including fostering an appreciation for the history, vision, and cultural landscape of Coral Gables; promoting beauty and planning as well as historic and environmental preservation for a broad audience, including children, families, and community members, as well as local, regional, national and international visitors. The museum optimizes its mission by cultivating effective partnerships, and providing programming that includes exhibitions, collections, educational offerings, lectures, tours, publications and special events.

The museum is a true public/private partnership between the City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Museum Corp., a private, not for profit 501(c)3 corporation operating an educational cultural institution within a city owned facility. The museum raises its own operating budget to fund the exhibitions and educational programs it provides, through memberships, private and government grants, admissions, earned income and, most importantly, with contributions from community members who believe in its mission.

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