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News Release: Living History Returns to Grand Canyon with Fourth Annual “Echoes from the Canyon” Event

July 17, 2015

 Grand Canyon, Ariz. – “Echoes from the Canyon,” Grand Canyon National Park’s popular living history program, returns for the fourth year in a row. Park rangers, in character as historic Grand Canyon figures, will take the stage for three Saturday performances in place of the evening ranger programs at McKee Amphitheater.

Opening night is Saturday, July 25th at 8: 30 pm, with encore presentations Saturday, August 8th and Saturday, August 22nd at 8 pm. All three showings will be held at the outdoor McKee Amphitheater on the South Rim. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s presentation will feature notable figures from Grand Canyon’s past, including explorer John Wesley Powell, architect Mary Colter, naturalist Polly Mead, and army Lieutenant Joseph Ives. Ives infamously suggested of the Grand Canyon region that “after entering it there is nothing to do but leave.” Park rangers encourage visitors to stay for this exciting presentation and learn about some of the pioneers that helped shape Grand Canyon, making it the national park it is today.

 Park Ranger and “Echoes” Director Jill Staurowsky hopes that “by reflecting on those who have come to Grand Canyon before us and their relationship with this landscape, we can better understand our role in advocating for park preservation now and in the future.”  

 For more “Echoes from the Canyon” information, please contact Erin Whittaker at 928-638-7789. For more information about ranger programs at Grand Canyon National Park, visit us at