Preserving A Picturesque America
My creative wanderings didn't stop once I reached the summit of Mt. Katahdin; I soon became involved in a non-profit organization called Preserving A Picturesque America (PAPA). One hundred fifty years ago, a two-volume book called 'Picturesque America' was published showcasing artwork and stories of our country's natural and historical sites. It was the beginning of the conservation movement as it posed the question: what will happen to these beautiful sites in the future? Today, while some areas are within the boundaries and under the National Park system's protection, some sadly no longer exist. Other sites are on the brink of being lost forever. PAPA and its members understand the importance of conserving these sites and are actively sending artists to seek out and rediscover the original vantage points made famous by these "adventure artists." From the artwork created today, two modern versions of the books will be created, which will give us a better understanding of the conservation needs of today and will answer the ultimate question, have we been good stewards? At present, some 250 sites have been rediscovered, yet there were more than a thousand showcased in the originals series.
By supporting and becoming a member of PAPA, you help those that are already actively searching for these remaining sites, as we educate and inspire America to preserve and protect its natural and historic treasures.
Please take the time to watch this short video and see how you might be able to help continue the legacy.