JOHN FIELDER: A Celebration of 50 Years of Colorado Wilderness

The Jefferson County Historical Society and Hiwan Homestead Museum are excited to announce a special slide show presentation by John Fielder on Saturday, April 5 at 1 PM at The Place in Evergreen, located at 27888 Meadow Drive. Fielder’s presentation is part of a 2014 Colorado statewide tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of America’s Wilderness Act. The tour features a 75-minute slide show with over 200 of John’s favorite wilderness images made in the past 40 years, accompanied by beautiful music, entitled A Celebration of 50 Years of Colorado Wilderness. Events include a book sale and signing of all of John’s Colorado books and calendars, including a new edition of his best-selling book Mountain Ranges of Colorado celebrating Wilderness 50, and a special Colorado Wilderness 50 Poster. Thirty percent of book sales are returned to sponsoring non-profit organizations.

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act. This historic bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people. Over the past 50 years, as a result of America’s support for wilderness, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system. In Colorado, 3.6 million acres have been protected as wilderness since 1964, including such diverse lands as the Maroon Bells, Gunnison Gorge, Flat Tops, Great Sand Dunes, and much of Rocky Mountain National Park. Colorado’s wilderness achievement includes 43 separate wilderness areas, each with a story, a story of citizens working together to permanently protect some of the most iconic places in our state.

Advance reservations are required; tickets are $15 per person. Please call Hiwan Homestead Museum at 720-497-7650 for reservations and information. Checks should be made out to the Jefferson County Historical Society (JCHS) and sent to the Museum at 4208 S. Timbervale Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439. Proceeds will benefit the Jefferson County Historical Society and its efforts to preserve its historic photograph collection, housed at Hiwan Homestead Museum. Hiwan Homestead Museum is a 25-room log mansion constructed in the Rustic style of architecture. The Museum is a Jefferson County Parks facility operated in partnership with the Jefferson County Historical Society.  The Museum was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.  Learn how Jefferson County Parks is enriching life at jeffco.us/parks.

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