“Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us, and training them into a better race to inhabit the land and pass it on. Conservation is a great moral issue, for it involves the patriotic duty of insuring the safety and continuance of the nation.”
I visited the former studio of H.H. Bennett several weeks back and thought I would share
some of the works that inspired midwesterners to visit the Wisconsin Dells over a century ago.
During a career that lasted from 1865 to 1908, H. H. Bennett photographed the rugged landscape of his beloved Wisconsin Dells, and became one of the premier photographers of the era. He captured the Wisconsin River, its rock formations, tourist visitors, lumber rafters, Ho-Chunk residents, steamboats and much more. Bennett loved the natural landscape of the river and spent his life conveying its beauty and many moods to the public.
The Explorers Club is a private club that began in Manhattan in 1904. Since its inception members have included everyone from Charles Lindbergh to Neil Armstrong and presidents Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover. The club, which is housed in an old mansion on the Upper East Side, features exotic artifacts from expeditions that have taken place as far away as the moon and an impressive rare book library with over 15,000 volumes on exploration and travel.
Before the rise of television, before the microwave oven, before every third grader had a cell phone, Americans still had the need to cast their everyday conveniences aside to commune with the great outdoors… Check out the article: Collectors Weekly
River driver handling logs in a sorting pond, 
Black and white print
Reference Code: C 7-3 (2923)
Archives of Ontario, I0003450
Look closely at the National Park Service arrowhead symbol and you will see the purpose of the National Park System—the protection and understanding of all the objects illustrated there—the trees and bison for plant and wildlife, the mountain and river for landscapes and water resources, and all this inside an arrowhead representing the human history of our nation. The arrowhead is a fitting symbol for our history; it is part of the beginning of the human story of our nation… for more visit www.NPS.gov