To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and the Friends of Moccasin Bend partnered with local designer Aggie Toppins of The Official Studio to produce a series of images that capture the experience of visiting the different parts of the national park located in and around the greater Chattanooga area.
Contact: Tricia King
Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
“Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park preserves and interprets nationally significant resources associated with the Civil War Campaign for Chattanooga and 12,000 years of American Indian presence on Moccasin Bend,” states park superintendent Brad Bennett. “With 100 miles of trails, this national park also provides opportunities for residents to experience the physical and mental health benefits of enjoying scenic views and natural beauty.” The park is prominently displayed on the Chattanooga and Hamilton county seals and draws over 1 million annual visitors generating a substantial economic impact for the region.
Our hope is that the series of images enhance the public understanding of the park by presenting a cohesive, visual identity for several of the noncontiguous park units. The images convey the idea that each part of the park –
Chickamauga Battlefield, Lookout Mountain, Moccasin Bend, Signal Point, Orchard Knob and Missionary Ridge – are all pieces of the greater whole. “My goal was to capture scenes in the life of these park units,” said designer Aggie Toppins, “Rather than presenting familiar depictions, we wanted to give our community a glimpse at what it might be like to visit these special places. Moccasin Bend is known for deer sightings, for example, and the sunset at Orchard Knob is not to be missed.”
This project serves as catalyst for Friends groups to partner to be exceptional stewards of our national parks for the next century. “As a community, we are privileged to have a national park to protect and to enhance,” says Michael Wurzel, Executive Director of the Friends of Moccasin Bend.
Posters of the graphic art are for sale at Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park’s website: http://www.friendsofchch.org/shop-tickets/. There will be a gallery show and sale at Art Creations Hamilton Place on Thursday, December 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. All sales benefit Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Park. The images can also be seen on the Official Studio website: http://theofficialstudio.com/friendsofmoccasinbend.html.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND THEIR NONPROFIT PARTNERS
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.
Established in 1986, the Friends of the Park serve as an advocate for Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park partnering to preserve, promote, and enhance its resources for the benefit of the public. By inspiring the community and park visitors to honor the past, better understand its relevance to life today, and preserve it for the future, the Friends engage the public, volunteers, partners and donors in carrying out their work.
Advocacy efforts by the Friends of Moccasin Bend ultimately led to the addition of Moccasin Bend National Archeological District to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in 2003. Since then, the Friends have partnered with the park to build a magnificent new national park unit next door to downtown Chattanooga.