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Civil War, Emancipation, Reconstruction and America’s National Parks

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May 4, 2022: 7:00 pm

Note: due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this talk will only be offered online, via Zoom. Advance registration is required for this event.

Central Park and Yosemite Valley became public parks during the tumultuous years before and during the Civil War. UVM historian and former National Park Service superintendent Rolf Diamant explains how anti-slavery activism, war, and the remaking of the federal government gave rise to the American public park and the very concept of national parks.

This event is hosted by the Norwich Public Library and the Norwich Historical Society.

About Rolf Diamant

Rolf Diamant is adjunct associate professor of historic preservation at University of Vermont and former superintendent of four national parks including Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont. He is a landscape architect, graduate of UC Berkeley and a recipient of a Loeb Fellowship for advanced environmental studies at Harvard University.

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May 4, 2022
7:00 pm
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Norwich Public Library
368 Main St
Norwich, VT 05055 United States
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Lucinda Walker
(802) 649-1184