Magazine article National Parks

Telling the Whole Story

Magazine article National Parks

Telling the Whole Story

Article excerpt

I recently became acquainted with Robin W. Winks, a former NPCA Board member, during our annual Salute to the Parks Gala this past spring. Robin passed away 11 years ago, but his legacy lives on through an award NPCA bestows on the person or group that communicates the values of the National Park System through their art or teachings.

Robin joined NPCA when he was a mere 16 years old. He was an extraordinary national parks fan and he went on to become a respected professor at Yale University and a distinguished author. Robin believed that because the "park system plays a significant role as teacher of a national curriculum" it is important not to omit episodes of our history. "No effective system of education can be based on unqualified praise," he wrote.

Robin's words concerned the importance of sites devoted to painful episodes in our history, yet he could have been addressing the need to tell a story that until now has been largely overlooked or obscured within the park system: the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.