2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. In conjunction with its current exhibit,The Grand Canyon, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western art will have a special programming day Saturday, July 9, that features a focus on the history of the National Park Service. It’s all a part of a larger exhibit scope that goes deeper into the stories of one of America’s most iconic treasures.
The Grand Canyon has been home to indigenous peoples and inspired artists, photographers and tourists for generations. The exhibit The Grand Canyon opened earlier this year at the Eiteljorg Museum and tells a thrilling and inspiring story that has been 6 million years in the making. The multi-faceted exhibition runs through August 7
11am – Tour The Grand Canyon exhibit with Eiteljorg curator, Johanna Blume.
1pm – The National Park Service, 1916 – 2016: A Complex Mission
Dr. Dwight Pitcaithley, former chief historian with the National Park Service, will address the phenomenal growth of the National Park System over the past 100 years, its role in fostering preservation and recreation opportunities outside parks and the challenges it faces at the launch of its second century.
12-4pm – Experience the outdoor art of Shane Brown! Brown will bring elements of the Grand Canyon to life with sidewalk chalk (weather permitting).
1-3pm – Enjoy free live traditional Irish music under the Sails with the Ennis Clare Band (weather permitting).
3pm – West with a Harvey Girl
Join Linda Kuester as she tells the story of her mother, Ruby Jo Cromer, an Indiana farm girl who became a Harvey Girl in the 1940s.
About the Eiteljorg
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN 46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit www.eiteljorg.org.