Book cover of Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America by Megan Kate Nelsonby Megan Kate Nelson
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From historian and critically acclaimed author of The Three-Cornered War comes the captivating story of how Yellowstone became the world’s first national park in the years after the Civil War, offering “a fresh, provocative study…departing from well-trodden narratives about conservation and public recreation” (Booklist, starred review).

Each year nearly four million people visit Yellowstone National Park—one of the most popular of all national parks—but few know the fascinating and complex historical context in which it was established. In late July 1871, the geologist-explorer Ferdinand Hayden led a team of scientists through a narrow canyon into Yellowstone Basin, entering one of the last unmapped places in the country. The survey’s discoveries led to the passage of the Yellowstone Act in 1872, which created the first national park in the world.

Interview with the Author

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#137 – Yellowstone and History of the Western United States: A Dialogue with Megan Kate Nelson
5/16/22         83 min


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Megan Kate Nelson, “Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America” (Scribner, 2022)
3/1/22             40 min


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Megan Kate Nelson, “Saving Yellowstone: Exploration and Preservation in Reconstruction America” (Scribner, 2022)
6/23/22           68 min


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#76: Megan Kate Nelson – “Saving Yellowstone”
2/22/22           60 min


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Yellowstone: The World’s First National Park
3/5/22         27 min


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498 Megan Kate Nelson: Exploration and Preservation of Yellowstone Park
3/1/22           26 min


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