Author / Producer Dayton Duncan to Sign Companion Volume to Celebrated Ken Burns Film


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., December 8, 2009 - A magnificently illustrated history of the American national park system, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," will be signed by author / producer Dayton Duncan on Sunday, December 13 from 12pm to 1pm in the lobby of The Ahwahnee, Yosemite's AAA-rated Four Diamond national historic landmark hotel.

The cloth-bound book is the companion volume to the film of the same name, directed by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Duncan. In a rich, evocative, deeply informative narrative, Duncan and Burns examine how each new park was brought into the system, from the adventures and mythmaking, to the intense political battles, and capture the particular importance, splendors, and ideals embodied in each place.

"The National Parks: America's Best Idea" introduces the reader to the people who were instrumental in the establishment and continued protection of the parks, from the famous figures - John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt, and John D. Rockefeller Jr. among them - to the unsung men and women behind the parks' development, and includes a vast array of breathtaking photographs, both archival and contemporary.

A removable, full-color map of all the National Parks is included in the $50.00 book offering. For further information about this exclusive book signing in Yosemite Valley, please call the Ahwahnee Concierge at (209) 372-1426.

About The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee, Yosemite's AAA-rated Four Diamond, national historic landmark hotel, is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, an affiliate of Delaware North Companies and the authorized National Park Service concessioner overseeing lodging, dining, guest recreation, retail and transportation for Yosemite's 3.5 million annual visitors.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, a leading hospitality provider with significant experience in hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations. The company's portfolio includes historic properties in North America, such as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara Falls State Park; Jones Beach; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone; The Gideon Putnam Resort; and the Queen Mary. To learn more about Delaware North Companies' expertise in the hospitality industry, visit www.dnchospitalitymgt.com.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world's leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International, and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.

Kenny Karst ~ PR Manager
DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.
209.372.1445 | kkarst@dncinc.com
Reservations: 801.559.4949


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