Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Coffee and Conversation with Dr Eric Nystrom: National Parks Dilemma

“Preservation vs Enjoyment”: The National Parks Dilemma
Speaker: Dr. Eric Nystrom, Historian at the College of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University
February 22
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: AZ Heritage Center
1300 N College Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281
**Free Event**

As part of our programming related to the In Celebration of our National Parks exhibit, Dr. Eric Nystrom will explore the history and language of the Organic Act, which calls for preservation for “enjoyment of future generations”. Is it possible to both preserve and allow the public to truly enjoy our national parks? Dr. Nystrom will talk about how that seeming contradiction influenced the history of the parks in different ways at different times in the last century.
Admission to the event is free. Donations welcome. Coffee is provided.

Eric C. Nystrom, Ph.D., is a historian in the College of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University. Prior to joining ASU, he was an Associate Professor in the History Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His research focus is the history of American engineering and technology, especially late 19th and early 20th century mining. His interest also includes public history, legal history, and the use of open-source digital tools for historical analysis.