National Geographic : 1958 Feb
O NE SUMMER DAY in 1954, Conrad Wirth, Direc tor of the National Park Service, walked into the one-room post office and fishing tackle store in Moose, Wyoming, to mail some letters. "You're just the man I'm looking for," said a tall, bronzed man buying trout flies. "Remember your plan for a national park in the Virgin Islands?" he asked, referring to a proposal that had lain dormant for two decades. "Are you still inter ested?" The man was Laurance S. Rockefeller, and the result of that conversation is the Nation's newest national park-a year old last December-on the wilderness isle of St. John, in the Virgins. This unspoiled tropical wonderland represents a priceless Rockefeller gift to the Nation. The lack of fanfare is typical of this 47-year-old son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., donor of such national treasures as Colonial Williamsburg and Jackson Hole. Quietly, but with tremendous energy and imagination, he directs the many conservation projects originated by his father and himself. Like the National Geographic Society, Laurance Rockefeller has long been dedicated to preservation of his country's scenic and historic heritage. "Man needs direct experience of nature-of sea and soil and living things," he says. It is most appropriate that he has been elected to The Society's Board of Trustees and thus will help guide its great work for the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge. Members of The Society roam the world through the pages of their official journal, the NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE. Their enthusiastic nomination of friends for membership explains The Society's phe nomenal growth. Members receive the Magazine and its 10-color maps without cost beyond their annual dues, which are less than nonmember subscriptions. Those who are interested in The Society's work and its Magazine but do not know a member should inquire (below) concerning membership. Laurance S. Rockefeller (left), new Trustee of The Society, with construction director Henry Beebe at Caneel Bay, St. John. I t.. THE SECRETARY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY WASHINGTON 6, D. C. CANDIDATE FOR MEMBERSHIP (PLEASE PRINT) STREET CITY, ZONE, STATE MEMBERSHIP DUES OF $6.50 INCLUDE SUBSCRIPTION TO THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Please fill in section that applies: L I NOMINATE for membership the candidate above. (Use separate sheet for additional nominations.) S(GIFT MEMBERSHIP) I nominate and enclose $ for dues of candidate shown at upper right. Please send gift card to recipient. D Yes I No ] I DESIRE INFORMATION regarding membership and the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE. (Fill in upper form.) FOR CALENDAR YEAR 1958. $6.50 rate applies in United States, U.S. Poss., and Canada. Countries in the Postal Union of the Americas and Spain, $7.00. Elsewhere, $8.00 . (Determined by postage differentials.) Life Membership, $150.00 U.S. funds. Make remittances payable to and send direct to National Geographic Society. 2-58 NOMINATOR (PLEASE PRINT) STREET CITY, ZONE, STATE Members and others interested in The Society's work may make gifts or bequests of money, securities, or other property for "the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge." Such gifts are deductible for tax purposes.