May 29, 2014

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Museum has a new exhibit, “POSTERity: America’s WPA Art Legacy & America’s Public Lands”.  The exhibit features nearly 50 silk screened prints associated with 36 national parks, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Interior Museum. The DOI has also posted a YouTube video about the exhibit.  From 1938 to 1941, the National Park Service employed artists via the Works Progress Administration (WPA) who produced 14 promotional posters for national park sites.  The Bandelier National Monument poster was the last of the original 14 WPA posters and is featured in the YouTube video.  With the onset of World War II, production ceased and the posters were lost to history until the early 1970s when a seasonal park ranger, Doug Leen, happened upon an original.  Just over 40 of these rare national park posters have since resurfaced and are in National Park Service archives, the Library of Congress and with private collectors.  New posters are now being created in the original style, such as the recent posters for Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

 

"New Mexico politicians praise $400 million Union Pacific rail facility in Santa Teresa" – Las Cruces Sun-News

New Mexico politicians showered Union Pacific officials with accolades Wednesday during the official christening of the railroad's new, $400 million, 2,200-acre rail facility in Santa Teresa, which officials expect to bolster economic development in this region for years to come.  The state Legislature's passage of a bill exempting Union Pacific from paying locomotive fuel tax was a key piece to get Union Pacific to build the facility, officials said. – 5/28/2014