Dedication of Smokey Bear Historical State Park in New Mexico

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Consists of a two page announcement of the dedication of the Smokey Bear Historical State Park in Capitan, New Mexico, on May 15, 1976, shortly before his death on November 9, 1976. Smokey was found nearby as an orphaned bear cub clinging to a singed tree after a forest fire in 1950. It also contains the envelope that delivered the announcement to National Zoological Park director, Theodore H. Reed.


  • Reed, Theodore H
  • National Zoological Park (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian Institution and United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
  • Smokey Bear Historical State Park


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 326, Box 83, Folder 2

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


c. 1976

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  • Forest fire prevention
  • Parks
  • Smokey Bear
  • Advertising
  • Bears
  • Advertising--Forest fire prevention
  • New Mexico


  • United States
  • New Mexico
  • Capitan, New Mexico
  • Capitan


  • Document
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2019-000441 and SIA2019-000442 and SIA2019-000443

Physical description

Number of Images: 3; Color: Color; Size: 8.994w x 6.067h and 0.049w x 6.106h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Paper

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