On July 3rd, 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Shenandoah as a national park in a ceremony at Big Meadows. This year will mark the 75th anniversary of the park.
Just as the Great Smoky Mountains did last year, Shenandoah National Park has published a special website for its 75th Anniversary. Since launching the site the park has been steadily adding content, such as upcoming events. And, just recently, they added a park timeline.
Right now the timeline content isn't as rich as that of the Smokies site, but it could very well be that they intend to add more as time goes by. For those that wish to learn a little more about the Park's history, this is a pretty good starting point. It's an easy way to find out some of Shenandoah's most important moments, such as when a large chunk of the Park was declared a Wilderness Area.