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40th Anniversary Event Details

Exhibits to Highlight Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

What: The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and some of its leading 20th Century advocates will be highlighted in an upcoming exhibit marking the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Forty Years and Forever, an exhibit at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, will discuss the impetus for the Wilderness Act, profile the major players including Sigurd Olson and Ernest Oberholtzer, illustrate the areas protected under the law, examine the legislation’s impact on the Boundary Waters, and probe the future of wilderness protection in Minnesota and across the country. The exhibit will be multi-media, including audio and video components, artifacts including the pen President Johnson used to sign the act, early drafts of the legislation, correspondence between Sigurd Olson and Hubert Humphrey, maps, and enlarged photos and news articles from the period. The exhibit opens Sept. 17 and runs through Dec. 15 at the Humphrey Forum, 301 19th Ave. S in Minneapolis. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit’s opening begins at 5 p.m. with a lecture by Doug Scott of the Campaign for America’s Wilderness, an award presentation to former Minnesota Governor Al Quie, a supporter of the BWCA Wilderness Act in 1978, and a reception.
When: September 17-December 15, 2004
Where: Humphrey Forum, 301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis
Contact: The Humphrey Forum was created to honor the legacy of former Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who as a U.S. Senator introduced the Wilderness Act in 1956. To learn more, contact the Humphrey Forum at (612) 624-5893 or visit

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