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In reaction to observing the logging of groves of redwood trees in California, paleontologist John Campbell Merriam (1869-1945), lawyer and conservationist Madison Grant (1865-1937), and geologist and paleontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857-1935) established a "Save the Redwoods League." In 1917, the new organization joined forces with local residents, the Humboldt County Federation of Women's Clubs, and the Humboldt County Women's Save the Redwoods League and successfully lobbied California state officials to establish the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
At the center of the preservation efforts was a magnificent stand of Sequoia sempervirens. In August 1921, this section of the new park was dedicated in honor of the World War I hero, Colonel Raynal C. Bolling (1877-1918).
The park now encompasses over 53,000 acres, including 17,000 acres of old-growth coast redwoods, the Bolling Memorial Grove, and the Rockefeller Forest, the largest remaining old-growth forest in the world.
- Science Service collections at the Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Mark your calendars, Fall 2015 - The Smithsonian hopes to open the Arts and Industries Building to host special events. [via Washington Post]
- The American Library Association released their State of America's Libraries Report for 2014. [via InfoDocket]
- New technology embraced in the past leads to unitended consequences as paintings conservator, Dawn Rogala, discovers that the cause of cracks in some mid-century paintings was the result of artists' use of newly available at the time commercial paints in their works. [via The Torch, SI]
- Getting dirty - April is National Garden Month and the Smithsonian Gardens has a website, Community of Gardens, that hopes to serve as place for people to share their stories about their gardens. [via Smtihsonian Gardens blog]
- The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature debuted on Library of Congress website this week. [via InfoDocket]
- An important question: "Where is my flying car?" gets answered for the time being as the dream is still very much alive. [via AirSpace blog, NASM]
- The Papers of Abraham Lincoln project to identify, image, transcribe, annotate, and publish all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime; [via InfoDocket]
- The journey of digital collections from donor to repository as told by the Library of Congress. [via The Signal: Digital Preservation, LC]
- In case you haven't visited your local public library lately, hopefully the video below will inspire you to check it out! [via InfoDocket]