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I am delighted that you are holding your Visitor Services Conference in the historic triangle of Jamestown, where our forefathers landed: Williamsburg, where the stage was set for freedom, and Yorktown, where it was won.
There has been for many years close cooperation between Colonial Williamsburg and the Colonial National Historical Park. We have shared experiences, ideas and plans with the common goal of improving the experience of visitors which we now count in the many hundreds of thousands each year.
Although we often speak of the historic triangle of Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg, I regard this as an historic quadrangle because of the important role in the history of this area played by our good neighbor, the College of William and Mary.
I feel very much at home because of my own and my family's interest in the same fields in which you work every day. I do not believe it is out of order on this particular occasion to say that I have truly grown up with the National Park Service. And, my father has always shown a very real interest in the careers of both of us.
He was very pleased by your decision to meet here in Williamsburg on what he has described as 'hallowed ground.' He has asked me to read you this message:
It gives me great pleasure to send greetings to your conference in Williamsburg.
Your meeting brings back many fond memories of the earlier days when the National Park Service was young: of a memorable trip West in 1924 with my sons: of talks at that time with Mr. Nusbaum at the cliff houses of Mesa Verde, and later discussions at Yellowstone with Mr. Albright about the condition of the roadsides in our parks. Although my sons years ago were 'tenderfeet,' as you would say, I believe that their experience in the parks shaped their lifetime interest in conservation and preservation.
The grandeur of the unspoiled wilderness has always been deeply moving to me. One of the essential needs of our time is to preserve our natural resources and our equally impressive historic treasures such as those at Jamestown, Yorktown, and Williamsburg. Future generations may well find far greater need than we have known for refreshment of body and spirit in their encounters with the wilderness and our nation's history.
I send my warmest regards, and best wishes, for continued success to all of you, to the Rangers, and all Park Service families who are dedicated to preservation of our priceless natural and historic areas for this, and the generations to come.
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