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Exhibit Theme

Creating National Parks

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Petition in support of national parks from the California Associated Societies for the Conservation of Wildlife, March 31, 1916

Various groups petitioned Congress to support the creation of a National Park Service in 1916. They argued that a centralized administration would provide more efficient management of the areas Congress set aside for preservation and public use. Here, petitioners urge Congress to consider the importance of the parks as an asset for the entire country.

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Our National Parks are one of the greatest assets of the American nation, and should therefore be given the utmost care and consideration.

Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.