Dedication of Smokey Bear Historical State Park in New Mexico, by United States Dept. of Agriculture Forest Service, c. 1976, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 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..