In order to celebrate Smokey Bear’s 75 years leading the Forest Service’s wildfire prevention campaign, historic portraits are set to travel to National Forests across America.
The Lincoln National Forest will host an exhibit that features replicas of historic portraits by the artist Rudolph Wendelin. The exhibit will be at Smokey Bear Ranger District from February 20 through March 3, 2019.
The public will be able to view the portraits during normal hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wendelin created various representations of Smokey to raise awareness of national resource conservation in addition to wildfire prevention, and it is Wendelin’s representation or Smokey Bear that is most recognized today.
The exhibit will contain 19 art pieces that come from the National Agricultural Library. The Library’s Special Collections also houses various books, manuscripts, seed catalogs, photographs and posters from the 1500s to today. The 19 original Wendelin paintings are a part of the Smokey Bear Collection at the National Agricultural Library, which also includes other items like proofs, motion pictures, sound recordings and memorabilia.