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Birthday celebrations at Sequoia and Kings Canyon.

Get ready to celebrate more national park birthdays in addition to Yosemite's 100th (the subject of the cover story of our May issue): this year marks the centennial for Sequoia, too-and neighboring Kings Canyon turns a half-century old. This summer, you can attend birthday events in the two parks and in Fresno. On September 25, 1890, Sequoia became the nation's second national park Yellowstone was first). Like Yosemite, Sequoia was a favored cause of John Muir. "The Big Tree is Nature's forest masterpiece," wrote, "and as far as I know, the greatest of living things." But the lion's share of credit for Sequoia belongs to George Stewart, a crusading editor of a local newspaper, the Visalia Delta. The original park occupied 252 square miles today it totals 630, encompassing majestic sequoia groves and Mount Whitney. To the northwest, big trees of the 4square-mile Grant Grove were set aside in 1890 as General Grant National Park. In 1940, this park, along with another 706 square miles, became Kings Canyon National Park. For more on the parks' history, read Challenge of the Big Trees, by Lary Dilsaver and William Tweed (Sequoia Natural History Association, 1990; $14.95); it's sold at visitor centers. Below, we list events set at our press time. For updates and for maps of the park, write to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks, Three Rivers, Calif. 93271; or call (209) 565-3456. In Sequoia. June, July, and September. Winning photographs from a contest commemorating the centennial are on display at Ash Mountain (June) and Lodgepole (July and September) visitor centers; hours are 8 to 5. July 14. The Tulare County Symphony Orchestra plays a classical concert at Lodgepole Amphitheater; 4 Pm. August 4 and 5. US. Air Force Band of the Golden West performs at 7 Saturday and 4 Sunday in Grant Grove. September 23. Rangers share park history at various stops along a self-guided driving tour; 8 A.M. to 9:30 Pm. Park entrance is free this day only. September 25. Dedication of 13,228-foot Centennial Peak, on the border of the parks. Call park for location and time. in Kings Canyon. August. Winning photographs from a contest commemorating Sequoia's centennial are displayed at Grant Grove visitor center; hours are 8 to 5. Date not yet set. Dedication of exhibits at Muir Rock and Canyon Viewpoint, both on State Highway 180. Call park for details. In Fresno. June 27 through November 10. Displays of period photographs and merhorabilia, including stagecoaches once used to carry visitors to the big trees, are at the Fresno Metropolitan Museum, 1515 Van Ness Avenue. Hours are 11 to 7 Wednesdays (free), I I to 5 Thursdays through Sundays ($2); (209) 441-1444. September 16. Author William Tweed will lecture and sign copies of his book at the Fresno Metropolitan Museum; 2 Pm.
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Date:Jun 1, 1990
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