||Speaker: Peter J. Blodgett, H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American History, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
About the Lecture: In this illustrated lecture, Peter Blodgett will examine how the romantic visions of unspoiled landscapes so common in nineteenth century America laid the foundation for the establishment of the nationís first national parks. As he does so, Blodgett will point out how the evolving enthusiasm for preserving wild spaces in the Far West made John Muir and other prominent Californians leading figures in the national park movement.
About the Speaker: Peter J. Blodgett, H. Russell Smith Foundation Curator of Western American History, has been on the staff of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Possessing a bachelorís degree from Bowdoin College in Maine as well as masterís and doctoral degrees from Yale Uni