After the Burn: 50 Years of Progress on the Cuyahoga with Judy MacKeigan
Date(s) - 08/21/2019
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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This August, the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve is proud to host 3 conservation-minded programs as part of its exhibition Environmental Impact: Stress, Hope and Transformation. Environmental Impact is a small group show which focuses on the role of Ohio artists as activists, and features the work of Keith Berr, Palli Davene Davis, Lisa Kenion, Maggie Denk-Leigh, Gary & Laura Dumm, Barbara Gillette, Tatiana Athena Gracyk, Marty Huehner, Stuart Pearl and Gwen Waight.
After the Burn: 50 Years of Progress on the Cuyahoga with Judy MacKeigan will be held on Wednesday, August 21st, 6-7:30pm. The 1969 Cuyahoga River fire, though minor compared to earlier fires on the river, caught the attention of a nation becoming aware of the impacts of environmental degradation. The iconic fire became major catalyst for the Clean Water Act, Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Cleveland Metroparks Historian, Judy MacKeigan, looks back at the history of our “crooked river.” A tale of neglect and abuse, but also, a tale of reclamation and revival. MacKeigan joined the park system in 2010 while completing her MA in History from Cleveland State University. Judy has the joy and privilege of researching, compiling and sharing the history of Cleveland Metroparks as well as local history of the many communities in the Metroparks district. She was lead author and chief editor of the book, The 100 Year Trail: A Centennial Celebration of Cleveland Metroparks, and she served on the Centennial Celebration steering committee.
All programming is FREE and open to the public courtesy of a matching grant by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture.
Featured Image: Fire Boat on Cuyahoga (Detail), Circa 1910, Courtesy of Special Collections, Cleveland State University