Historian and avid traveler Matt Muller New Orleans recently explained why America’s National Parks are More important now than ever.
National parks serve as sanctuaries across the United States. They’ve essentially been a part of American history since 1864, when President Abraham Lincoln protected thousands of acres of wilderness with the Yosemite Grant Act.
It is because of Lincoln’s doing that the towering sequoias and iconic natural landmarks of Yosemite are preserved for us to enjoy today. Historian and traveler Matt Muller New Orleans recently explained why it’s more important than ever that we protect, preserve, and support America’s National Parks.
Matt Muller New Orleans explained that President Wilson officially created the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916. This sparked several other iconic stretches of land to become national parks, such as the creation of Grand Canyon National Park in 1919. Matt Muller New Orleans explained that one of the most amazing parts of this legislation is that presidents like Lincoln didn’t necessarily visit all of this land. Photos were enough to deem Yosemite and other lands worthy of protection.
“It’s essential that we support our national parks and preserve them for future generations. They are one of the most important parts of American history, and these lands hold countless keys to better understanding our country’s natural heritage,” historian Matt Muller New Orleans said.
Matt Muller New Orleans added that U.S. National Parks are able to transport visitors through time, as many of these lands remain the same as they were when they were first protected in the early 1900s. Matt Muller New Orleans added that many of these lands were considered holy by Native American tribes, and the fact that the lands are preserved as National Parks are what keeps that heritage alive.
“Our national parks are able to spark awe and wonder in all who visit,” Matt Muller New Orleans said. “They serve as a reminder of how interconnected humans are with nature and how essential it is to protect the land on which we love to explore and adventure.”
Matt Muller New Orleans explained that with cities expanding and Americans often sinking father into smartphones than the great outdoors, our National Parks Service serves as the reminder we need. A single visit to a national park like Yellowstone or Glacier can transform a person’s view and remind them how important it is to take care of Mother Nature and her many creatures.
“Our national parks have an uncanny ability to bring us together as humans,” Matt Muller New Orleans finished. “They help us realize our place in the world as well as the importance of preserving the heritage and natural beauty that has made us who we are. After all, we all want our children and grandchildren to enjoy the grandeur of Yosemite too.”
Matt Muller New Orleans recently discussed the importance of preserving Native American traditions.
Preserving Native American traditions hasn’t always been a priority in the United States. In fact, the U.S. government once made it their mission to eradicate authentic Native languages and culture. Activist and teacher Matt Muller New Orleans recently traveled to the Dakotas and met with Lakota Natives. He listened to their perspectives on Native American history and preservation first-hand.
Matt Muller New Orleans‘ interaction with Lakota Natives took place at Lake Jackson in Grand Teton National Park. They discussed the importance of preserving and sharing Native language, culture, history, and traditions. Muller recently shared information he learned through these conversations and his own research on the need for such preservation and education.
“Several generations of Native Americans were denied opportunities to learn from their elders and enjoy the rich traditions of their tribes,” Matt Muller New Orleans said. “Understanding and preserving this heritage is an essential part of our country’s history that can not and should not be erased.”
Matt Muller New Orleans added that the act of preserving Native American traditions offers far more benefits than contributing to history books. Native American students tend to benefit mentally, physically, and academically when they are immersed in their culture through language, tradition, and more. Matt Muller New Orleans explained that studies have shown a number of advantages, including higher self esteem, leading happier lives, being more productive, and performing better academically.
Matt Muller New Orleans added that preserving these traditions also means reviving them, which will require work from Native elders and educators. Native languages will have to be taught to young children in the tribe and programs will have to be created to promote cultural traditions and their preservation.
“The teaching of these traditions gives Native children and adults pride in their culture as well as pride in their own successes and personal growth,” Matt Muller New Orleans said. “Each tribe has made its own major contributions to this country and this world, and it’s important for kids to know they stem from these great minds.”
As a historian, Matt Muller New Orleans explained that understanding Native American traditions can provide us more insight into the history of our country. It can help explain why we do things the way we do and help us avoid making the same mistakes we’ve made in the past. Matt Muller New Orleans added that the stories and traditions passed down by Native Americans provide countless valuable lessons that are still relevant in modern society.
“We all have so much to learn from Native American culture, languages, and traditions,” Matt Muller New Orleans said. “The U.S. government certainly made catastrophic mistakes by attempting to eradicate these traditions years ago, but we still have time to revive them and preserve them for future generations.”
Matthew Muller, New Orleans resident, and historian, recently was asked by a local congregation to speak on the importance of responsibility. His love for the city is evident in every action he takes, and this is the reason he dons multiple hats: teacher, lecturer, museum manager, and tour guide. His eclectic background made him the ideal candidate to talk to the Sunday morning congregation about responsibility toward the community.
Matthew Muller: New Orleans Citizens Must Remember the Importance of Personal Responsibility
Matthew Muller believes in only preaching in the things you practice. If he’s giving a sermon on responsibility, he’s showing through his actions what it means to live life responsibly. Volunteering within one’s community is a vital aspect of making a substantial difference. Matt Muller shares his passion for New Orlean’s rich history by volunteering as a docent at various local museums. Matthew recently became a licensed New Orleans tour guide. His vast knowledge of New Orleans led him to launch his own touring company called the History Dude.
Matthew Muller is a true renaissance man. Along with his love of history, Matt has a passion for carpentry work. He’s built countless items by hand, including bookshelves and outdoor planters. His skill as a carpenter presented Matt’s perfect opportunity to donate his time to help work for non-profit organizations that provide affordable housing in New Orleans.
Although New Orleans will always be home to Matthew Muller, the historian loves to travel. A highlight was a recent trip to Thailand, allowing him to connect with old friends and immerse himself in Thai culture. During his stay, he put in service hours at a local animal rescue center.
During his Sunday sermon, Matthew stressed how everyone could make an impact in New Orleans. Matt has consistently taken part in beautification efforts for his beloved city and often volunteers for community cleanup projects.
Matt Muller New Orleans Lifelong Resident
Matthew Muller was born and raised in New Orleans. The 34-year-old has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in history from Louisiana State University. After graduating LSU, the historian returned to New Orleans to pursue his callings as a teacher, tour guide, and museum docent. An avid reader, Matt has read innumerable books on American history and New Orleans history. Along with spending his free time traveling to exotic locales with his beloved wife, Matthew also enjoys distance running and other outdoor workouts. To connect with more community members, Matthew Muller launched an inclusive Ultimate Frisbee Pickup group.