The Big History Of Vermont's Small National Park

Jun 6, 2016

This year marks the 100th anniversary of America's National Park Service. And when you think national parks, your mind may immediately go to the wide open spaces of Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon. The one we've got here in Vermont might not be the first you'd think of.

But look at the history of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock, and you'll meet characters who came up with many of the founding principles of the conservation movement that gave us National Parks in the first place.

To talk about it all we're joined by Rick Kendall and Christina Marts, superintendent and deputy superintendent of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park.

Also on the program: the title characters in Arnold Lobel's well-loved "Frog and Toad" books were inspired by the animals he kept as pets on childhood trips to Vermont. An article in the New Yorker sheds new light on the author and his most famous creations - we'll talk about it with writer Colin Stokes.

Broadcast live on Monday, June 6, 2016, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.