Click to access the LWC Homepage!
PBS Series on National Parks
print e-mail

PBS Series Shows Value of National Parks, Professor Says

Posted on Friday, September 25, 2009 [12:50 PM]

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- A Lindsey Wilson College professor will be among the millions of Americans who plan to watch the PBS series The National Parks: America's Best Idea.

The six-episode series directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan explores the history, evolution and cultural significance of the U.S. National Park Service.

The series, which begins Sunday night, will be aired locally on Kentucky Educational Television and also online.

Assistant Professor of Recreation, Tourism, and Sports Management Tricia M. Day said she hopes the PBS series will remind viewers of the value of U.S. parks.

"A series like this creates an appreciation for how progressive it was in the early 1900s for the U.S. government to set aside land for public parks," Day said.

Day recently took some of her students on a field trip to nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where she was reminded of the "tremendous value of our parks" as well as the tension between public good and private property.

Dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940, the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was unique from national parks established in the West.

"Most of the parks out West were created by the government pretty easily because there were not many people living in those spaces in the early 20th century," Day said. "But creating the Smokies was much more challenging because the government had to buy lands from hundreds of citizens, some of whom didn't want to part with their land. But when you look at it today, you can see what a great idea it was to create a national park in the Smoky Mountains because it's an incredible resource for our region."

Day hopes people who view the PBS series will come away with a deeper appreciation of the National Park Service and also understand why it's important to have large public spaces for people to enjoy.

"Parks allow you to see places you'd never have a chance to see," she said. "They are such a national treasure."

The first episode of The National Parks: America's Best Idea will air at 7 p.m. CT Sunday, Sept. 27 on Kentucky Educational Television. Full episodes will also be posted online Sept. 28-Oct. 9 at .




Contact: Duane Bonifer

(270) 384-8212

Feedback and CommentsSite MapDirections  
Every Student, Every Day
2008 Lindsey Wilson College
210 Lindsey Wilson St. Columbia, Ky 42728
Local: (270) 384-2126
Fax: (270) 384-8200
Toll Free: (800) 264-0138