News.bytes News.bytes Extra, issue 250

BLM California employees' photos hang in Smithsonian

Two BLM-California employees were honored at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. last week for their public land photographs, The two photos that are part of the Smithsonian's new exhibit, "America’s Priceless Heritage: Snapshots in Time."

Rolla Queen, archeologist, and Steve Razo, public affair officer, both part of the BLM’s California Desert District, were among 17 other BLM photographers whose 21 images were chosen to be on display at the new exhibit, open now and through November 30 at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center.

The exhibition celebrates the centennial of the 1906 Antiquities Act signed by President Theodore Roosevelt. It features a broad cross-section of historic and paleontological features on public lands -- including 170-million-year-old dinosaur tracks in Utah and Navajo dwellings in New Mexico.

The California photographs feature historic resources in Southern California. In this photo, Queen (right) and Razo (left) are shown near their winning photographs:
Steve Razo (left) and Rolla Queen pose next to their photos at the exhibition

Queen’s photo is of a non-denominational altar built by soldiers on public lands in the Mojave Desert. The soldiers were attached to Major General George S. Patton’s Desert Training Center established in 1942 to train soldiers for combat in the deserts of North Africa.

Razo's photo is of a well-preserved section of Route 66 that still provides travelers the experience of the “Mother Road” as it was in the 20's and 30's. Roy’s Café was one of the quintessential Route 66 roadside stops in the Mojave Desert.

For more information on the exhibit -- including an online slide show of the photographs -- and links to sites about these resources, go to www.blm.gov/education/priceless_heritage.html

The Antiquities Act was a visionary piece of legislation that both protects these fragile and irreplaceable resources, but also has been used by Presidents since Roosevelt to designate National Monuments, such as the California Coastal National Monument, which stretches from Mexico to Canada, and the Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obispo County, both managed by BLM. Learn more about national monuments in California.

The S. Dillon Ripley Center is accessed from a copper domed kiosk on Jefferson Drive between the famous Smithsonian " Castle " and the Freer Gallery of Art. More information on the America’s Priceless Heritage exhibit and the Ripley Center is available at www.si.edu/ripley/.

entrance to Ripley Center


Inside the exhibit hall
Inside the exhibit hall, visitors converse and look at the photos


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