The Pre-Columbian Heritage of the National Park System

A one-day symposium sponsored by
Saturday, September 16, 2017
U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, D.C.

A collective expression of the United States’ natural and cultural history, the 417 units of the National Park System tell the story of our nation. Integral to that story are the peoples who populated the land prior to European contact, an astounding variety of cultures spanning thousands of years and encompassing a continent. From Mesa Verde National Park in the West to Ocmulgee National Monument in the East, many of our national parks were set aside expressly to commemorate these first Americans, yet vestiges of their presence abound in other national parks not usually regarded in a cultural context, such as Channel Islands National Park off the California coast. The pre-Columbian peoples of our National Park System are the subject of this year’s symposium.

Following a brief introduction by the Chief Archaeologist of the National Park Service, our panel of scholars, drawn from academia and the ranks of the National Park Service itself, will explore this rich and multi-faceted aspect of our national heritage, from monumental Eastern earthworks and massive Southwestern stone constructions to far more subtle, unsuspected echoes of the past. We hope you will join us for this journey of self-discovery.

For further details and to register online, visit: WWW.PCSWDC.ORG