The National Museum of Forest Service History creates traveling exhibitions.

As a national organization, we work with Forest Service Visitors Centers, historic sites and communities to bring history to life in places across the country.

Minerals We Use Every Day: Mined from our National Forests.

Why is there silver in your boots? The silver nanoparticles that coat the synthetic yarns of your boots were added to reduce the growth of bacteria and fungi – and to keep them from smelling. That silver could be from Tongass National Forest, one of five National Forests where silver is mined.

In 2012, the National Museum of Forest Service History unveiled “Minerals We Use Every Day: Mined from our National Forests,” a traveling exhibit and virtual gallery that showcases the multiple uses of America’s National Forests and Grasslands.

This traveling exhibit interprets the historical relationship between the mining industry and the Forest Service. Interpretive panels demonstrate how minerals used in everyday objects improve our quality of life, tell the history of natural resource management in America and explain the role that Forest Service scientists play in conservation.

In 2013, “Minerals We Use Every Day” reached visitors to the IDEA Place at Louisiana Tech University, the Sawmill Museum in Clinton, Iowa and the Northwest Mining Association convention in Reno, Nevada. In 2014, it was featured at the North Carolina Museum of Forestry in Whitesville and in 2015 the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado.

For more information about hosting this exhibit in your area, view this Mineral Exhibit PDF.

What people are saying.

“The Boone and Crockett Club is proud to support the construction of the National Conservation Legacy and Education Center of the National Museum of Forest Service History. The National Conservation Legacy and Education Center will share with the public more than 100 years of conservation history that continues to guide our work in the areas of wildlife research, environmental education, natural resource management, outdoor recreation and public policy.”

– Tony Schoonen, Chief of Staff, Boone and Crockett Club

Mt. Baker Ranger District Interpretive Display.

Museum volunteer Dale Petersen organized and led a group of Bellingham, Washington area volunteers to plan and produce a large display illustrating the cultural, physical and historical points of interest for the Mt. Baker Ranger District in northwestern Washington State.

The display design includes colorful photographs and information on area history, the Mt. Baker Volcano, area geology and recreational opportunities. Partners in the project are Mt. Baker Ranger District, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mt. Baker Ski Area, Whatcom Event and the Discover Your Northwest Interpretive Association.

The display is currently on view at the Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism Office. The office, at I-5 exit 253, is open daily from 9 to 5. It will continue to appear at various public venues in 2013 including the Heather Meadows Visitor Center near the eastern end of the Mount Baker Scenic Byway.

Beartooth Highway Exhibit – 2008.

The Beartooth Highway was constructed in the 1930s from Red Lodge Montana to Yellowstone National Park across the Custer, Gallatin and Shoshone National Forests in Montana and Wyoming. The spectacular scenic view attracts thousands of tourists.

Dale Petersen, an NMFSH volunteer and his committee researched and developed an interpretive display with historical information about the road and the mountainous area. The NMFSH is offering the display to groups and businesses along the highway in Montana and Wyoming. This effort can be a prototype of what can be done on site-specific history around the country.

1907 Big Blackfoot Milling Company Timber Sale Exhibit – 2007.

Working with the Seeley Lake Historical Museum, we completed an exhibit on the 50 Million Board Feet 1907 Big Blackfoot Milling Company timber sale at Seeley Lake, Montana.

The National Museum of Forest Service History’s historical archival information and artifacts were used to develop the exhibit, including historical photographs and documents. Exhibit topics include Jim Girard, pioneer Forest Service timber cruiser, Forest Service timber sale procedures, and transportation of the logs by river drives to the Bonner, Montana sawmill. The NMFSH received a Montana Cultural Trust Grant to create the exhibit.

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