Arthur C. Pillsbury was not only a photographer and inventor, he was a social visionary committed to ensuring people everywhere had access to information.
Today we say, "Open Source." He called it The Knowledge Commons.
The vision Pillsbury had for the National Parks was one which placed them in the forefront of placing the tools for knowledge in the hands of the people, directly. Not limiting this to some lectures by less than exciting Park Rangers, he saw the Parks as a place where edge technologies could be used to awaken a love of nature along with real understanding of the complex systems of plants, animals, insects, microbes and all parts of the living and inorganic world.
His lectures on these subjects held his audiences spell-bound, fascinated by the world which existed just beyond their eyes.
This is his story, a story of a vision now within our grasps.