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Date(s) - February 6, 2024
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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Join authors Ruth Alexander and Jared Orsi as they discuss their new books at Wolverine Farm Publick House.


A common way to think about national parks has been to assume that they are obligated to promote recreation and preservation but have often neglected the latter in favor of the former. We move beyond this binary, using the histories of specific national park sites to show how civic engagement, social and environmental justice, remembrance, and belonging have become core park obligations. Ruth will discuss how she expands our understanding of parks in Democracy’s Mountain: Longs Peak and the Unfulfilled Promises of America’s National Parks. Drawing from his recently published book, Peoples of a Sonoran Desert Oasis: Reclaiming the History and Culture of Quitobaquito, Jared will explore how officials at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument once erased evidence of Indigenous presence from the landscape to preserve a peopleless “wilderness” but more recently have worked with tribes to restore traditional access.