[Gallery of pics]
[Timeline of life]
At the age of 104, Marjory was clearly ecstatic about the involvement of young people with her cause to SAVE THE EVERGLADES! “Take the children into the Everglades. Let them see it!” she stated. “The children are our future and we can’t do without that!”
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Pioneering conservationist ?
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minn.?
Douglas was raised in New England and attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts. After working with the Red Cross in Europe during World War I, Douglas moved to Florida in 1915. She became a reporter for her father’s newspaper, which would later be renamed the Miami Herald. Stoneman began her editorial career by writing light articles for the society pages, but soon changed to writing hard-hitting editorials on then-controversial subjects including women’s rights, racial justice, and conservation. As a newspaper columnist she discovered the cause that would consume her for the remainder of her life: preservation of the Florida Everglades.
?At a time when many people viewed the Everglades as nothing more than a mosquito-filled swamp, Stoneman wrote articles revealing its beauty and portraying the fascinating plants, birds, animals, fish, reptiles, waterways, and other natural wonders of these vast wetlands. She also joined various committees dedicated to ensuring the survival of the Everglades. In 1947, she published a best-selling book called Everglades: River of Grass. Douglas’s influential work in natural history began changing people’s minds about this unique natural paradise: “There are no other Everglades in the world,” she wrote in her book. “They are, they have always been, one of the unique regions of the earth; remote, never wholly known. Nothing anywhere else is like them.” Later that year, President Harry Truman designated the Everglades as a national park. Stoneman’s many impassioned articles and eloquent descriptions of these wetlands played an important role in ensuring that one of the United States’ great natural treasures was honored and placed under federal protection.
?For the rest of her long life—she lived to be 108 years old—Stoneman continued to write and speak out about the Everglades. While her earlier works focused on an appreciation of the Everglades, her later work concentrated on saving them from pollution and development. Her unflagging commitment and zeal were legendary. In her autobiography she admitted,?I’ll talk about the Everglades at the drop of a hat. Whoever wants me to talk, I’ll come over and tell them about the necessity of preserving the Everglades. Sometimes, I tell them more than they wanted to know.
?She fought against numerous ill-considered plans bent on damaging the ecosystem of the Everglades, including ones to drain the land and build shopping malls and suburbs. One of her biggest successes was defeating a plan in the 1960s to build an international airport in the middle of the Everglades. In 1970, she formed the Friends of the Everglades, which evolved into a 7,000-member organization. Douglas was more than 100 years old when she retired from active leadership of the group. In 1993, she was awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton, who dubbed her “Mother of the Everglades.”
[Concerning the following links: is there a way to present them with a combination of pictures [related to the subject ie: about Marjory pic of Marjory, etc] to ‘click’on picture and have link open up?]
The following links:
Go to this site and click on ‘A Tale of Two Women’ Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Marjorie Carr?http://usparks.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://everglades.fiu.edu/
Everglades information for students and teachers?http://everglades.fiu.edu/education/index.htm
Marjory Stoneman Douglas – Everglades Champion?http://usparks.about.com/odwomenshistory/l/aa052698.htm
Biography of Marjory Stoneman Douglas?http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0905518.html
Marjory Stoneman Douglas is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom?http://www.wellesley.edu/Anniversary/douglas.html
DEP Kids Page – Pioneer Marjory Stoneman Douglas?http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/kids/pioneers/marjory.htm
[Concerning the ‘Tribute to Marjory’ below – I’d like it someplace prominent on the Young Friends site with a ‘button’ to push with picture of MSD and or photo on Lanny’s site. We have Lanny Smith’s permission to use.]
Tribute to Marjory – Earthman – be sure and add ‘Click on ‘Launch River of Grass’ to go to song-this tribute
[Can we have some pictures of book covers?]
Books by Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Voice of the River
A River of Flood and Other Florida Stories
Nine Florida Stories: A Florida Sand Dollar Book
Everglades: River of Grass
Books about Marjory
Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the Florida Everglades – Sandra W. Sammons
Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Friend of the Everglades Tricia Andrysewski
Marjory Stoneman Douglas: voice of the Everglades Jennifer Fisher Bryant, Larry Raymond
Remarkable Florida Women E. Lynne Wright
[I have a picture #9 of Matt Segal with Marjory]
Letter About Marjory
Matthew Segal Age: 10
When I met Marjory Stoneman Douglas I felt like I was dreaming. I felt that way because it was a dream come true.
She looks like a hero to many people because of all the letters and awards she has gotten. Well, to me she doesn’t look like a hero…she is my hero.
I thought her house was going to be something totally different. I thought it would be big, but it was small and satisfying, quiet, with wooden shingles and small windows. Outside there was this large tree. It looked like it was dying or something, yet it was full of beautiful birds. The birds made me think of children laughing, yelling, singing…while learning and getting what they need in order to survive from Mrs. Douglas, (the old tree).
When I was talking to her, I had to hold her hand and it felt like I had known her forever…and I had just met her! It was also like talking on the phone because I had to get very close and speak in her ear. I thought she would not answer back but she did! She talked as much as I did and I thought that she would be very quiet but she wasn’t. She was happy to know kids were getting more involved with preserving the Everglades and kind of sparkled when I told her I hoped to be just like her…helping start a club and all that. I promised to be her “ECHO”. When I was talking to her I felt a feeling inside that was like, “God, please let her live a lot longer.” I thought she was like a book because of all she knows.
Right where she was sitting, just above her were water stains. I guess that she doesn’t even know they are there. I felt real bad when we couldn’t sit down cause all the furniture is falling apart. I asked Mrs. Whitehouse if maybe some of the money from Young Friends could be used to re-cane some of the chairs or repair the broken furniture.
I thought I was lucky to be selected and I am glad I went. My experience with her was very good. I had a great time. If I can ever meet her again, I would definitely go.
A poem of love from Matthew:
A dying tree sits outside of Marjory’s house?With young and sweet birds singing out loud?Just like her, a tree full of knowledge
With young and sweet children talking around her