Over the past year, millions of Americans have spoken up to defend our national monuments through public comments, participation in rallies and other events, on social media, and beyond. This May, we are celebrating the many reasons why Americans from sea to shining sea love and cherish our public lands, oceans, and cultural and historic sites.
Join the Monumental May celebration by sharing a photo of yourself from your favorite place protected thanks to the Antiquities Act.
Since President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law in 1906, 16 Presidents – 8 Republicans and 8 Democrats – have used it to protect our shared historical, cultural, and natural heritage. These landmarks, landscapes, and seascapes are our legacy to our children and our children’s children, and a gift that belongs to all Americans. Cherished places such as the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and Acadia were originally protected thanks to the Antiquities Act.
We will compile all of your photos throughout the month of May and deliver the photo petition to key members of Congress on June 8, the anniversary of the signing of the Antiquities Act.