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Marian Albright Schenck Add To Scrapbook

Marian Albright Schenck

Marian Albright Schenck

Episode(s): 4, 5

Schenck is the daughter of Horace M. Albright, one of the founders of the National Park Service and its second director. With him, she is the co-author of Creating the National Parks Service: The Missing Years. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Paul Schullery, Yellowstone National Park Add To Scrapbook

Paul Schullery, Yellowstone National Park

Paul Schullery

Episode(s): 1, 2, 4, 5, 6
Associated Park(s): Yellowstone

Historian Paul Schullery has lived and worked in Yellowstone National Park in various capacities since he started as a seasonal ranger in 1972. He has written more than 30 books, many of them about Yellowstone, including: Yellowstone's Ski Pioneers: Peril and Heroism on the Winter Trail; Searching for Yellowstone: Ecology, History, and Angling in the Park; and Mountain Time: A Yellowstone Memoir.

Schullery currently serves as an adjunct professor of American Studies at the University of Wyoming and as an affiliate professor of history at Montana State University. In 1998, he was awarded the Wallace Stegner Award for a sustained contribution to the cultural identity of the American West by the University of Colorado Center for the American West. The award recognized him as "America's foremost citizen of the National Parks."

Duane Smith Add To Scrapbook

Duane Smith

Duane Smith

Episode(s): 2
Associated Park(s): Mesa Verde

Duane Smith is the author of over 30 books, including Mesa Verde: Shadows of the Centuries, and Women to the Rescue: Creating Mesa Verde National Park. He received his academic degrees, including his doctorate, from the University of Colorado and is currently a professor of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango.

Lee Stetson Add To Scrapbook

Lee Stetson

Lee Stetson

Episode(s): 1, 2
Associated Park(s): Yosemite

Since 1973, Lee Stetson has been performing in three one-person shows on the life of John Muir and a fourth show about Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt. The shows have been performed in Yosemite National Park since 1983, and also tour the nation. He is a founder of the Hawaii Performing Arts Company and is the artistic manager of both the Hawaii Theater Festival and the Antique Theater Festival of Idaho.

Lee Whittlesey Add To Scrapbook

Lee Whittlesey

Lee Whittlesey

Episode(s): 1, 4, 6
Associated Park(s): Yellowstone

Whittlesey, the park historian at Yellowstone, has been studying its history for 35 years. He is the author of numerous books, the most recent being Storytelling in Yellowstone: Horse and Buggy Tour Guides. He has a master's degree in history from Montana State University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Ginny Wood working on airplane at McKinley Airstrip, Mt. McKinley (later Denali) National Park Add To Scrapbook

Ginny Wood working on airplane at McKinley Airstrip, Mt. McKinley (later Denali) National Park

Ginny Hill Wood

Episode(s): 6
Associated Park(s): Denali, Kenai Fjords

Pilot and conservationist Ginny Hill Wood grew up in eastern Oregon and Washington state. As a teenager, she worked on dude ranches, and later dropped out of college to become a pilot with the Women's Air Force Service Pilot program, ferrying military aircraft around the country during World War II. After the war, she visited Alaska with friend and fellow pilot Celia Hunter and decided to stay.

In 1952 the pair, along with Ginny's new husband Morton "Woody" Wood, established Camp Denali, a wilderness lodge north of Mount McKinley. Eight years later, along with a small group of Fairbanks conservationists, the two women founded Alaska's first statewide environmental organization, the Alaskan Conservation Society. The group fought to establish the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, to defeat projects threatening Alaska's pristine wilderness areas, and to pass the 1980 Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act that protected over 100 million acres of federal lands.

In 1991, both Celia and Ginny were given the John Muir Award, the Sierra Club's highest honor, and Great Old Broads for Wilderness honored them as Canyon Crones in 1995. In 2001, they were awarded lifetime achievement awards by the Alaska Conservation Foundation. Hunter passed away later that year, at the age of 82.

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