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Inspired by the National Parks

This post was authored by Nanette Gibbs, Business Reference Librarian, and Sean Bryant, Science Reference Librarian, of the Science, Technology, and Business Division.

Inspired by the National Parks:  Park Vistas, Plants, Animals and Fiber Art Quilts

Tuesday, January 7, & Wednesday, January 8, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Science, Technology and Business Reading Room

Adams Building, Fifth Floor

On Tuesday, January 7, and Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. the Science and Business Reading Room will highlight our winter reading room display, Inspired by the National Parks: Park Vistas, Plants, Animals and Fiber Art Quilts. For two days only, the reading room will host sixty fabric art quilts depicting scenes from our National Parks and some of their plant and animal inhabitants.

In 2019, three National Parks celebrated the centennial of their designation by Congress as National Parks:  the iconic Grand Canyon, as well as Acadia, and Zion National Parks. In recognition of these and all of the national parks, our display pairs books from the library’s general collections featuring the landscapes, flora, and fauna of the parks with images of fabric art quilts similarly inspired and drawn from the book, Inspired by the National Parks, their Landscapes and Wildlife in Fabric Perspectives (Schiffer Pub. Ltd., 2016).  Author Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto maintains an extensive and growing database of highly talented fiber artists from both the United States and throughout the world, and periodically “puts out a call” for work which reflects a chosen topic, in this case inspired by the National Parks.

This display follows an August 2016 display in observance of the centennial of the National Park Service Organic Act (64 Stat. 408),establishing the National Park Service. That display featured material from the general collections, as well as reproductions from the U.S. Post Office 1934 National Parks stamp issue depicting scenes from the parks, highlighted by just three fabric art quilts.

The quilts included with this post, from left to right, are “Aspen” by Nancy L. Evans, of Jeffersonton, VA; “Glacier National Park: Lake Josephine” by Nicki Allen, of Springfield, VA; and “Singing Vole” by Joyce L. Carrier of Purcellville, VA; and are used with permission.

Books from our general collections will be on display from December 16th through January 24th.


Please contact Nanette Gibbs at 202-707-3166 or [email protected]

Request ADA accommodations 5 days in advance at 202-707-6362


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