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National Parks: America's Best Idea

The film is a human history set against the most stunning backdrop imaginable. The film works its way chronologically through the history of the national parks featuring characters -- some famous, most not, from every walk of life -- who dedicated their lives to insuring all could enjoy these places. The film explores how the national park system came to be and examines some -- but not all -- of how these majestic places came to be national parks.

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Thursday, Sep 5, 2013 - 9:00 PM    "Going Home (1920-1933)" The advent of the automobile allows more people than ever before to visit the parks. Mather embraces the opportunity and works to build more roads in the parks. Enthusiasts like Margaret and Edward Gehrke of Nebraska begin "collecting" parks, visiting as many as they can. In North Carolina a reclusive writer and a Japanese immigrant join forces to launch a campaign to protect the last stands of virgin forest in the Smoky Mountains by establishing it as a park. In Wyoming, John D. Rockefeller Jr. begins quietly buying up land in the Teton Mountain Range and valley, planning to donate it for a park. Part 4 of 6 G
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Thursday, Sep 5, 2013 - 9:00 PM "Going Home (1920-1933)" (IDAHO)
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Friday, Sep 6, 2013 - 9:00 PM "Great Nature (1933-1945)" (IDAHO)
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Saturday, Sep 7, 2013 - 9:00 PM "The Morning of Creation (1946-1980)" (IDAHO)
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Monday, Apr 25, 2016 - 9:00 PM "The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)" (IDAHO)
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Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 - 9:00 PM "The Last Refuge (1890-1915)" (IDAHO)
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Wednesday, Apr 27, 2016 - 9:00 PM "The Empire of Grandeur (1915-1919)" (IDAHO)
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Thursday, Apr 28, 2016 - 9:02 PM "Going Home (1920-1933)" (IDAHO)
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Friday, Apr 29, 2016 - 9:00 PM "Great Nature (1933-1945)" (IDAHO)
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Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 - 3:00 AM "The Scripture of Nature (1851-1890)" (IDAHO)
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Saturday, Apr 30, 2016 - 9:00 PM "The Morning of Creation (1946-1980)" (IDAHO)
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