Introduction to the 2007 Edition:
I've been pleasantly surprised that more than one
person has asked me, "What happened to the Apostle Islands Scrapbook?"
I wrote these historical vignettes a few years ago,
for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore web page. We were pretty
proud of that web page at Apostle Islands: we were one of the first
national parks to post a wide-ranging assortment of interpretive
articles on-line. While many parks with more staff and bigger budgets
contented themselves with dry lists of entrance fees and visitor
center hours, we were getting raves from visitors who told us, "You
guys have a really interesting web site!"
Sadly, shortly after I retired from the NPS, the well-meaning
folks in Washington designed a cookie-cutter web format for all
parks to use, no exceptions. There was no longer room for all the
features on the Apostle Islands page, and some of my favorite articles
disappeared into cyber-limbo.
But now they're back: here's a repost, in nearly-original
form. Hope you enjoy it.
PS: About copyright: the Scrapbook
articles are presented here for public information and education
only. Written for the National Park Service, they are in the public
domain. But if you borrow them for your own web page- as has happened
in the past - please be honest and give proper credit- okay? Thanks.