Yosemite National Park became the first section of nationally protected American land set aside for the purpose of preservation and public use. The park encompasses more than 760,000 acres of Sierra Nevada wilderness beauty.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act. President Abraham Lincoln signed the resolution June 30, 1864. This established the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and Yosemite Valley as part of our national heritage.
The National Park Service also recognizes several other upcoming anniversaries:
If you’re looking for another reason to visit the park, or would like to participate in commemorating these milestones, you may be interested in the following upcoming regional events:www.yosemiteexperience.com
Eight sessions will take place during the 3 1/2-week series. Each session offers cooking demonstrations and tastings, a meet-the-chef reception, a tour of Ahwahnee’s 8,000-square-foot kitchen and a gala dinner. Contact www.yosemitepark.com/chefs-holidays.aspx or call (801) 559-4884 to make a reservation.
For current information about other commemorative park events in surrounding Sierra communities, go to www.nps.gov/yose to view the calendar of activities.
“Inspiring Generations” is a newly published anthology commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant. The book contains 150 personal stories of Yosemite experiences written by visitors, residents and employees.
On the pages are tales of Half Dome hikes, waterfall and firefall adventures, confrontations with wildlife, plus so much more. All are uplifting, from the historic to the humorous.
The Mariposa Storytelling Festival in March will commemorate the book’s formal release. “Inspiring Generations” is currently available for purchase through the Yosemite Conservancy, www.yosemiteconservancystore.com. It also can be pre-ordered at www.Amazon.com.