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Exhibit Celebrates 100 Years of Save the Redwoods League

The exhibit, Sustaining Grandeur: The First 100 Years of Save the Redwoods League, features letters from presidents of the United States and First Ladies, historical photos of coast redwoods and giant sequoia, artifacts and films from the past century, and much more.
The exhibit, Sustaining Grandeur: The First 100 Years of Save the Redwoods League, features letters from presidents of the United States and First Ladies, historical photos of coast redwoods and giant sequoia, artifacts and films from the past century, and much more.
A hand-drawn map by celebrated naturalist John Muir. Correspondence to the League from President Barack Obama, including a photo of his family. A signed letter from John F. Kennedy endorsing a grove, dated shortly before his death.

These treasures, and more, tell the story of Save the Redwoods League, and are part of an illuminating exhibit at UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, called Sustaining Grandeur. Celebrating a century of preservation by the League, the exhibit provides a glimpse into Bancroft’s vast record of the environmental movement and features a kaleidoscope of photographs, field notes, letters, and other historical artifacts.

Bancroft has extended the show’s run, welcoming visitors to the Bancroft Gallery to see it through Sept. 14.

“The League holds a special place of pride in the environmental history of the West,” said Elaine Tennant, director of Bancroft. “Its story shows how environmental history and political history intersect in California in a way that has been repeated throughout the country.”

Read more (external link) about Sustaining Grandeur, and watch a video about how a blast freezer, reaching Arctic temperatures, helped prepare items for the exhibit.

A longer version of this article was published by the UC Berkeley Library on Library News (external link).

Celebrate with Save the Redwoods League! Throughout 2018 the League and partners are hosting celebration events for their 100th anniversary. View this calendar of events and join the celebrations of the century.

Want to know more about the history of redwoods and Save the Redwoods League? View this interactive timeline.


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Photo by Mike Kahn, Save the Redwoods League

Major League Celebrations at Giants Game

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Two organizations that celebrate the giants of the West Coast are marking milestones together. As a Lead Centennial Partner, the San Francisco Giants are spotlighting the 100th anniversary of Save the Redwoods League. In turn, the League is celebrating the baseball team’s 60th anniversary. You’re invited to join these major league celebrations on Saturday, August 25, 2018!


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Every second Saturday of each month in 2018, Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks will be hosting a Free Redwoods Day. Parking passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis each month, ahead of the next event. Our next event is on August 11 — download your free pass now!


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