National Geographic : 1962 Mar
By MELVILLE BELL GROSVENOR, President and Editor Touring the Nation's Historic Shrines NOW READY: A COMPANION TO AMERICA'S WONDERLANDS EVER SINCE the National Geographic Society published America's Wonder lands two and a half years ago, the So ciety's Book Service has been engaged in an even more ambitious project. Wonderlands presented the beautiful face of the Nation as revealed in its scenic national parks and monuments. How appropriate it would be, we thought, to create a companion volume that would catch the spirit of the Nation by telling the story of the United States in terms of the places where great events occurred. It could link American history and geography as never before. Such a book would capture the meaning and character of America and remind our people of their heritage in. these times when the mettle of lovers of liberty is once again being sorely tried. To other nations it would 360 convey a better understanding of our nation al purpose and the fiber of our people. Now at last we can announce the result of our efforts: America's Historylands, Land marks of Liberty, a big book of 5 76 pages with 192 paintings and drawings, 38 maps, 382. color photographs, and the vivid words of an array of writers headed by poet-historian Carl Sandburg. Mr. Sandburg contributes the keynote chapter, and after seeing the volume in proof he declared, "There has never been a book like it. It is gorgeous and richly educational with color photographs having historical value." In a hushed marble hall in the Nation's Capital we regard the rugged countenance of Abraham Lincoln. Amid the colonial splen dor of restored Williamsburg, Virginia, we walk with Patrick Henry and George Mason, Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C., drew three million visitors in 1961. Williamsburg's capitol, symbol of Virginia's colo nial heritage, dresses the jacket of America's History lands, a companion volume to the Society's popular America's Wonderlands. KODACHROMEBY W. D. VAUGHNAND JOHN E. FLETCHER© N.G.S.