News from: Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park leadership is excited to announce the launch of the new virtual museum exhibit, “People of the Desert: Joshua Tree National Park Exhibit.” Developed by park staff and the National Park Service Museum Management Program, the virtual exhibit features over 200 objects, archival items, and historic photographs from the park museum collection.
The “People of the Desert: Joshua Tree National Park Exhibit” invites visitors to explore stories within the park’s museum collections, from the wide variety of life found in the desert environment, to the colorful characters who were drawn to the area’s opportunities and sense of independence. Objects on exhibit reveal the park’s rich cultural history, including native communities who thrived here for millennia before cattlemen, miners, and homesteaders first arrived in the late 19th century. It also includes a Teaching with Museum Collections lesson plan focusing on the history of desert conservation that teaches students how to draw a scene of the Mojave Desert within Joshua Tree National Park.
The exhibit can be accessed at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/peopleofthedesertexhibit/index.htm via the park website, and through the NPS Museum Management Program website at https://www.nps.gov/museum/index.html.
About Joshua Tree National Park: Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Learn more at nps.gov/jotr and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube