Yosemite: 150 Years of Inspiring Generations Gala


By signing the Yosemite Grant Act of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln set aside the scenic natural areas of Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley for the benefit of future generations. When it was time to commemorate the sesquicentennial of this landmark legislation, Michael Osborne donated his talents to designing the printed materials for the celebration.

The papers (Canaletto Premium White on the Save the Date and Classic Crest – Classic Natural White Smooth on the invitation and program) communicated elegance and sophistication while gold foil stamping really set the tone for the gala.

Unique elements can be seen throughout the design. A stamp of the grant logo was created for all mailed materials. The logo illustrates a silhouette of a fountain pen against a backdrop of Half Dome with President Lincoln’s signature in the foreground.

Every Save the Date had a keepsake postcard inside that featured a painting by Thomas Hill of Yosemite Valley from Inspiration Point. A replica of the original 1863 grant was tipped onto the back cover of the program. This special touch allowed everyone to hold an exact copy of one of the most important documents in United States National Park history.


Project Details

Title Yosemite: 150 Years of Inspiring Generations Gala Client Yosemite Conservancy Date Save the Date: February, 2013
Invitation: August, 2013
Program: November 2013
Design Michael Osborne Print Calitho
Concord, CA
Paper Save the Date: donated by Gruppo Cordenons Canaletto Premium White 222 lb Cover,
85 lb Text Invitation & Program: Neenah Classic Crest, Classic Natural White 100 lb. Cover,
80 lb. Text

Production Details

Dimensions Save the Date: A10
Postcard: 8" x 5.75"
Invitation: 5.25" x 7.75"
Program: 6" x 9"
Page Count Invitation: 16 + cover
Program: 20 + cover
Print Quantity 350 Production Time 5-7 days per piece Printing Method Save the Date: Offset masters with digital overprint
Invitation & Program: Digital
Number of Colors Save the Date: 3 Colors
Invitation & Program: CMYK
Finishing and Binding Save the Date: Gold foil stamp
Invitation & Program:
Saddle stitch
Program: Tipped-in replica
of original 1863 land act


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