Frances Humphrey Lecture Series: Stephen T. Mather's Best Idea: Creating America's National Park Service by Historic Character Reenactor Steve Hale.

Steve Hale as Stephen T. Mather

Travel back in time to 1928 to meet the National Park Service’s first director “himself.” You’ll more than likely hear his first person historic account of how Lake Tahoe provided the pivotal role in making ”Ranger Programs,” a century old American tradition.

Whenever you visit a National Park, you can thank millionaire Stephen Mather, founder and 1st Director of the National Park Service. He will describe the inspired vision that was sparked in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and then spread nationally during the fierce battle over building the Hetch Hetchy Dam in Yosemite National Park. Over a century later, Director Mather’s incredible story of fortuitous events that created “America’s Best Idea” will further inspire audiences to appreciate and cherish these national treasures.

Steve Hale has been professionally performing live reenactments of pivotal historic figures for almost a decade. He travels up and down the West coast appearing at many venues including National Parks & Monuments, State Parks, historical societies, statue dedications, conferences, Chautauqua celebrations, and fund raising events. His recent appearances as Stephen Mather have been at the Yosemite (National Park) Valley Theater this summer, Death Valley National Park and the Furnace Creek Inn. Mr. Hale’s professional background includes awards nationally for Excellence in Interpretation & Conservation Education, as Nevada’s Conservation Educator of the Year, and regionally for preserving historical legacies through performance.

Cost: $8 for adults; free for museum members and ages 17 and under.

Seating is limited; please reserve your seat by contacting Mary Covington at or 775-687-4810, at ext. 224

Contact: Bob Nylen: or 775-687-4810, at ext. 245.