In 2014 Yosemite celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary – 150 years ago Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove became the first public parkland the federal government had ever set aside, with President Lincoln declaring, “upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort and recreation.”

Celebrations include events and programs that encourage all visitors to participate in and appreciate the birth of the national park idea. This iconic valley in California was central to shaping the idea of national parks in the United States and around the world. Celebrations include visitor events, an art exhibit, a documentary as well as a commemorative book and stamp.

For Yosemite Conservancy, whose legacy includes the Yosemite Museum Association (founded in 1923 to support the park), this anniversary captures the spirit of much of our work –protecting and preserving this magnificent place for future generations while enriching the visitor experience.

Partnering with Yosemite National Park

Barbara Beroza

Exhibit Curator

Project Notes

The public has been able to see pieces from the collection that would otherwise remain in storage, and the exhibits enhance their Yosemite experience.