Lounging in the 60s

Fred J. Novak


Superintendent at Rocky Mountain National Park

Dates of Involvement

1965 - 1969



Fred J. Novak was the superintendent at Rocky Mountain National Park from 1965 to 1969 during the Mission 66 period. He worked with the National Park Service to acquire the furniture for the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center. In one correspondence, Novak recorded that the furnishings for Beaver Meadows Visitor Center were not covered by the Federal Supply Schedule (ROMO Archives, 1967). He requested assistance to help procure the items needed to open the visitor center. When the visitor center’s theater and help desk opened to public use on May 26, 1967, Novak was serving as superintendent (ROMO Archives, 1967). In June of 1967, Novak wrote to the NPS director to discuss the opening of the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, including information about the architects, furnishings, and auditorium where a short, informational film played for visitors (ROMO Archives, 1967). His involvement in Mission 66 thus contributed significantly towards Beaver Meadows Visitor Center's opening.


Novak served as superintendent at RMNP from 1965 to 1969.


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Brass Floor Ashtray; Krueger Stackable Folding Metal Chair; Oak Arm Chair; Oak Bench; Standing Floor Ashtray; Table-top Ashtray; Trash Can; Two-Seat Oak Bench

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