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National Park Service Centennial
July 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
In recognition of the National Park Service centennial, National Park Service Superintendent Tom Leatherman will celebrate Contra Costa County’s treasure trove of national historic sites in a special presentation on Monday, July 18, 2016, 7-8:30 pm, in the Oak View Room of the Walnut Creek Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Walnut Creek. This free event is sponsored by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation and is part of its popular Live! from the Library program. To reserve a seat online, please register at www.wclibrary.org/live/.
The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday on August 25, 2016. The major milestone comes as national parks experience unprecedented popularity. A record-breaking 305 million people visited national parks in 2015.
Contra Costa County is home to four national historic sites, all under Leatherman’s supervision since 2011: Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site in Danville, John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial in Concord, and Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond. Leatherman’s presentation will include photos and stories about these sites, and a discussion about the origins of the National Park Service and the significance of national parks for future generations.
Superintendent Tom Leatherman started his NPS career in 1989 as an intern at Pinnacles National Monument and went on to work in several parks, monuments and historic sites around the state before landing back in the Bay Area. He lives in San Ramon and enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and cooking.
Live! from the Library, produced by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, features free public lectures, literary events and cultural programs at the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries. Programming is made possible by donations to the Foundation’s Annual Fund. For more information about giving, please visit www.wclibrary.org/donate/.