George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum presents The National Parks - Select Images
The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum celebrates the centennial of the National Park Service with a special exhibit featuring modern, iconic photographs taken by American photographer Mark Burns.
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the National Park Service, an agency charged with preserving and protecting natural and cultural resources in the U.S. for this and future generations. Today, the National Park Service manages 84 million acres including Denali, the highest point in North America, in Denali National Park; the longest cave system known to the world, Mammoth Cave National Park, with more than 400 mapped miles of caves; America’s deepest lake, Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park, at 1,943 feet; and the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park, at 282 feet below sea level.
The National Parks Photography Project exhibit celebrates the important role that the visual image has played in the history and creation of America’s national parks. The breathtaking photographs were taken by Burns from 2011 through 2015 with one image from each of America’s 59 national parks. A portion of this exhibit also pays tribute to early painters and photographers, whose work helped lead to the protection of many of these special places.