Free Community Program on April 3, 2016 – Keeping the Faith: Sustaining the Legacies of Mira Lloyd Dock and Governor Pinchot in the 21st Century

Posted On On: March 28, 2016 Categories Filed Under: Chamber News, Member News

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about cleaning up and beautifying the City of Harrisburg lately.  This is not something new!  Almost 100 years ago, Harrisburg was an unattractive, dirty, industrial town in need of some sprucing up.  That’s why The Civic Club of Harrisburg is hosting “Keeping the Faith:  Sustaining the Legacies of Mira Lloyd Dock and Governor Gifford Pinchot in the 21st Century.”  This free community program will be held on Sunday afternoon, April 3, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at The Civic Club of Harrisburg, located at 612 N Front St, Harrisburg.

“Together is better,” quips Jean Cutler, Board member of The Civic Club of Harrisburg who helped to recruit eighteen partners who are supporting the program.  They will have information and ideas to share on these timely topics during the program reception and exhibits kick-off from 2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Mira Lloyd Dock is probably best known for her work, vision and great influence on The City Beautiful Movement in Harrisburg.  The City Beautiful Movement not only helped to clean up and modernize Harrisburg at the turn-of-the 20th century, but it also served as a model for medium and small cities throughout the state and the country. She pushed hard for livable, healthy cities with access to parks and playground by all of its residents.  Her work, and that of her colleagues, made a dramatic impact on the City of Harrisburg.

As stewards of our your drinking water system, Capital Region Water is responsible for maintaining and protecting the DeHart Watershed property, the primary drinking water source for 67,000 people in the capital region.  At this very moment, the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation and The Nature Conservancy is proposinge to team with Capital Region Water in placing a conservation easement on the DeHart Property in Dauphin County utilizing Fort Indiantown Gap Army Compatible Use Buffer funding. Protecting our invaluable water sources with forestation was of critical importance to Governor Gifford Pinchot.  He accomplished many things, including starting the U.S. Forest Service and building roads so rural farmers could get their crops to market, but he said of himself, “I have been governor every now and then, but I am a forester all the time.”

Building on the accomplishments of two of Pennsylvania’s legendary environmentalists, Dock and Pinchot,

two dynamic videos produced by WITF will be presented.  The program will conclude with a lively discussion on how the legacies of these two great environmentalists can impact our City and our lives in the 21st century.  Paul Zeph will moderate a panel that includes The Honorable Cindy Dunn, Secretary of the PA Department of Natural Resources; Shannon Williams, CEO, Capital Region Water;  Rhonda Mays and Scott Shepler, Community Activists.  Please come prepared with questions that you would like to ask them about these critical environmental issues.

Besides having an entertaining and educational afternoon, participants will have a chance to win a beautiful rain barrel donated by the Harrisburg Rain Barrel Coalition!

Since the program is scheduled for Sunday, there will be plenty of free street parking in areas within close walking distance of The Civic Club of Harrisburg!