National Archives Challenge
Hey todaysdocument! I saw your challenge to create a gif from your online holdings. What do you think of my #HistoryGIf? I used this photo of a Texas picnic ground from Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1879-2008.
I took some liberties by adding the beaver. I hope you don’t mind?
Check out this #historygif submission from nglspecialcollectionsandarchives at the Sam Houston State University. We’re mostly curious what variety of beaver that is? The Forest Service may want to have a chat with him for damaging signs and misdirecting picnickers.
Thanks for the submission!
As Fire Prevention Month comes to a close, here’s a catchy reminder from country star Eddy Arnold and the Forest Service about everyone’s favorite forest fire prevention advocate.
Ever wondered - is it Smokey Bear or Smokey the Bear?
Smokey’s official name has no “the” in the middle though. It was added in 1952 to achieve proper rhythm in the song “Smokey the Bear”, written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins.
Did you know? Just like his colleague Woodsy Owl, Smokey has a Public Law (P.L. 82-359) protecting him. Congress passed the law in 1952 to prevent Smokey from being used to sell commercial products. It was believed that this would dilute Smokey’s forest fire prevention message. Their strategy seems to have worked. Wildfire prevention is one of the most successful campaigns that the Ad Council has ever produced.
It’s take Your Child to Work Day — and National Parks Week!
It looks like everyday was take your child to work day for this forest ranger’s family.
Did you bring any of your kids to work today - or did you ever accompany your parents to work?
Happy 67th Birthday, Smokey Bear!
Remember, only you can prevent forest fires.