September 2009

An Electronic Blast

From Fort Laramie Historical Association

In this issue

Be a Part of History!

  • Western expansion began at Fort Laramie and can only continue with your involvement. If you would like information on becoming a Fort Laramie Historical Association Member, please send us an email.

    Being a part of history benefits everyone!

A film by Ken Burns--The National Parks:  America's Best Idea premiers Sept 27, 2009

The National Parks

America's Best Idea

The National Parks: America's Best Idea is a six-episode series directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan. Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales - from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska. The National Parks: America's Best Idea is nonetheless a story of people-- people from every conceivable background,rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy.

Watch video clips from the documentary, collect Park Badges by visiting different sites online, send a a personalized postcard, read stories about experiences others have had in the National Parks or submit your own! There's so much to do on the PBS/National Parks website, you'll want to browse, but don't browse too long or you'll miss the series!! It starts this Sunday and runs nightly through Friday, October 3rd. Enjoy!!

Items To PurchaseThe National Parks:  America's Best Idea

The National Parks: America's Best Idea Book $45.00 or Audio Book $28.00

The companion volume to the new Ken Burns film: a sweeping, magnificently illustrated history of the American national park system from the first sighting by white men in 1851 of the valley that would become Yosemite, to the most recent additions to the 84 million acres that comprise this grand national treasure.

The National Parks: America's Best Idea DVD $89.99 or Blu-Ray $119.99

THE NATIONAL PARKS is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved for everyone. The series traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years, chronicling the addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them.

The National Parks: America's Best Idea CD Soundtrack $17.99

This soundtrack of the Series includes 19 music tracks and four stunning music videos viewable on your computer (CD-ROM)

Park Ranger Doll $12.95

The National Parks:  America's Best Idea

This 10" tall soft doll includes a full uniform and binoculars as well as text on the tag that explains the important role a park ranger serves in our national parks.