The National Park Service, sometimes described as “America’s Best Idea,” celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. The NPS set aside sites that are particularly beautiful or scientifically or historically significant and made them available to the public on a scale unprecedented in world history. Although spectacular places in western states and coastal regions might initially come to mind, some of the nearly 500 NPS sites are in the Midwest. Accomplished cultural geographer Norman Moline will present highlights of NPS history and then focus on sites in Illinois and adjacent states.
The Sheldon Peck Homestead, an NPS Network to Freedom site, is located across the street from Lombard Common. The Homestead at 355 E Parkside will be open at 6pm for touring before this lecture.