U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced the “homecoming” of two panoramic masterpieces, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (1872) and The Chasm of the Colorado (1873-1874). Painted by nineteenth century artist Thomas Moran, these iconic works of art are intertwined with the history of the Department and shaped nineteenth-century public opinion of the American West. In fact, these seven-foot by twelve-foot landscape paintings captured the natural beauty of Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon so well they forever framed the discourse on public lands and influenced the creation of America’s national parks. “After a nearly continuous fifty-year absence,…

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