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Burns' documentary preview being shown Wednesday

September 20, 2009

The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is sponsoring a sneak peek of Ken Burns' new documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Bridge of Life Auditorium at 14 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

The event is being hosted by the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and the C&O Canal Trust.

A 45-minute preview of the film will be shown, and park representatives will discuss how the public can help through volunteerism and participation in friends groups.

Burns' latest documentary traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction.

The six-episode series will be shown on PBS beginning Sunday, Sept. 27.

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All or part of five parks in the National Park System can be found in Washington County: Antietam National Battlefield, Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Catoctin Mountain Park, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) National Historical Park.

Parking is available in the Arts and Entertainment Parking Deck, accessible from East Washington Street, and is free after 7 p.m. The auditorium doors will open at 7 p.m.  

 

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