A Hymn to the Parks (behind the scenes with Ken Burns)

Those who like "behind the scenes" type looks will enjoy a profile of Ken Burns' friend and documentary co-writer, Dayton Duncan, available through The Pennsylvania Gazette. The research Duncan and Burns brought to the subject of the national parks impresses. Here's Duncan on John Muir's persuasive powers:

“John Muir was an eloquent person, but the reason that those early parks were created was not his eloquence; it was because the railroad lobby was working the halls of Congress. They thought, ‘Here’s a scenic attraction that will help our ridership,’ and eventually they said, ‘and maybe we can control what goes on inside the park and make even more money.’” 

Hmmm…be interesting to see how that attitude plays in Muir's stomping grounds. 

Check back Monday morning — I'll report on just that, from Yosemite National Park, where they have scheduled a public showing, with a couple of local experts to answer questions. 

Here's the sawmill where Muir worked in Yosemite, from the doc: 

John's sawmill

One thought on “A Hymn to the Parks (behind the scenes with Ken Burns)

  1. I think the National Forests and all of Nature should be preserved, especially in areas where the building has gone out of control. We need some trees and “green” stuff around… or we will go totally mad.


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