The program will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 14, in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. Following the presentation, Brinkley will be available to sign copies of his book "Rightful Heritage, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America." This event is free and open to the public.
"Rightful Heritage" describes FDR's major impact on the national park system in the 1930s, and the book's release coincides with this year's centennial of the National Park Service.
Brinkley traces FDR's love for the natural world from his youth exploring the Hudson River Valley and bird-watching. As America's president from 1933-45, Roosevelt established hundreds of federal migratory bird refuges and spearheaded the modern endangered species movement. He positioned his conservation goals as economic policy to combat the severe unemployment of the Great Depression.
During its nine-year existence, the Civilian Conservation Corps put nearly 3 million young men to work on conservation projects, including building trails in the national parks, pollution control, land restoration to combat the Dust Bowl and planting over 2 billion trees.
Brinkley's talk is made possible with the support of the National Parks Conservation Association and the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Conservancy.
For more information about the library or its programs call 800-337-8474 or visit the website.
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