The Denver Public Library has teamed up with the Wilderness Society to present The Legacy of Wilderness, an exhibit celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act's passage in 1964, and the story of the dedicated advocates who worked to protected wilderness areas for all people to study and enjoy. The exhibit features artifacts, photographs, art and maps from the Western History/Genealogy Department's Conservation Collection archives.
The exhibit includes companion landscape photograph exhibitions by Colorado wilderness photographer John Fielder (Sept. 3- Oct. 1) and National Geographic photographer Peter Essick (Oct. 3-Nov. 2). "Wilderness is part of our identity as Coloradoans and so it makes sense that the Denver Public Library holds the archives of the Wilderness Society and Howard Zahniser. My colleagues and I are pleased to be participants in the fiftieth anniversary exhibit and celebration of the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act," said Western History/Genealogy Department Manager Jim Kroll.
Visit the exhibit September 3-November 2, 2014, at the Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery.
Trapper's Lake is known as the "cradle of wilderness." In 1920, U.S. Forest Service landscape architect Arthur Carhart suggested to his staff supervisor that Trapper's Lake, Colorado should remain untouched by development. Saving the lake became a pivotal event in the national wilderness preservation movement.