"Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters" presentation and book signing

Thursday, March 23, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Monroe County Historical Association

The Monroe County Historical Association is pleased to announce an evening with acclaimed author Bibi Gaston, great grandniece of Gifford Pinchot, first Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Nationally-recognized and fully-licensed professional landscape architect, Ms. Gaston will present her newest book, Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stroud Mansion, 900 Main Street, Stroudsburg.

In 2005, six tattered blue boxes were unearthed in the Library of Congress’s Pinchot Collection in Washington D.C. Inside were 5,000 pages of letters describing the work of early resource conservation professionals. The letters were labeled simply “The Old Timers.” The letters, penned between the years 1937–1941 by the first class of American Forest Rangers to serve under President Theodore Roosevelt and first Chief of the U.S. Forest Service Gifford Pinchot, offered a mirror to the America we once were, and an optimistic guidebook for the road ahead.

These narratives tell of extreme hardship, fearless struggle, confrontations with cattlemen, miners, loggers, and the challenges of turning confrontations into cooperation and gratitude. It wasn’t an easy life by any means, but to these men and women, a life of service was the best life they could imagine.

Bibi Gaston has given lectures at a myriad of locations including the United States Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; the U.S. Forest Service; historical societies, libraries, universities, colleges, book stores, book clubs and highly selective book festivals around the country.

The presentation is free, but due to limited space, reservations are required. Light refreshments will be served. The presentation, with book signing, will be held on the 2nd floor of the Stroud Mansion which, unfortunately, is not handicapped accessible. For additional information or to make a reservation, please contact the Monroe County Historical Association office at (570) 421-7703 or email at admin@monroehistorical.org.


Stroud Mansion
900 Main Street
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania 18360