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11.25.2009

Author Shelton Johnson to Sign First Novel "Gloryland" at The Ahwahnee®

Fictional Memoir of a Buffalo Soldier in Yosemite National Park Reflects Interpretive Program


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., November 25, 2009 - A black cavalryman and the son of slaves, Elijah Yancy found true freedom when he was posted to patrol the newly created Yosemite National Park in 1903.  Author Shelton Johnson chronicles the challenging life of this imaginary character in his first novel, "Gloryland," which he will sign from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, December 1 in the lobby of The Ahwahnee, Yosemite Valley's historic grand lodge.
Johnson has presented his original living-history interpretive program about Buffalo Soldiers at venues around the country, and has received many honors and awards for this work, which has also been widely covered in the media.  He is also featured in the highly acclaimed documentary film by Ken Burns, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," which aired nationwide in September 2009 on the PBS network.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Johnson has worked in Yosemite for the past 15 of his 22 years as an interpretive ranger.  He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English literature, won a Major Hopwood Award in poetry, taught school in Liberia with the Peace Corps, and has performed at the International Storytelling Center in Tennessee.  He has also been selected as a recipient of the 2009 Freeman Tilden Award for excellence in interpretation.

 For further information, please call The Ahwahnee Concierge at 209.372.1426.

About The Ahwahnee

The Ahwahnee, Yosemite's AAA-rated Four Diamond, national historic landmark hotel, is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, an affiliate of Delaware North Companies and the authorized National Park Service concessioner overseeing lodging, dining, guest recreation, retail and transportation for Yosemite's 3.5 million annual visitors.
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DelawareNorthCompaniesParks & Resorts

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, a leading hospitality provider with significant experience in hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations. The company's portfolio includes historic properties in North America, such as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex; Yosemite, Sequoia, Yellowstone and Grand Canyon national parks; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa; Niagara FallsState Park; JonesBeach; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone; The Gideon Putnam Resort; and the Queen Mary.  To learn more about Delaware North Companies' expertise in the hospitality industry, visit www.dnchospitalitymgt.com


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Media Contact:

Kenny Karst ~ PR Manager

DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.

209.372.1445   |    kkarst@dncinc.com

Reservations: 801.559.4949

www.YosemitePark.com





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