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On Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 7-8PM at the Oliver Wolcott Library Eric Rutkow will hold a book talk on his latest book---"American Canopy". Throughout history trees have played a vital role, but have received little press. The history of trees in America is no less remarkable than the history of the United States - from the majestic white pines of New England, coveted by the British Crown for use as masts in navy warships, to the orange groves of California, that lured settlers west. Yale doctoral student Eric Rutkow will talk about the relationship between trees and George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Rutkow will lead a broad-ranging discussion that includes the birth of federal environmental protection, the creation of national parks and forests, the famous "Tree Army" of the 1930s, and ceremonial trees, such as the oak tree that was planted on the New Haven Green to celebrate the centennial of Lincoln's birth. Eric Rutkow is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. He has worked as a lawyer on environmental issues across three continents. He currently splits his time between New York City and New Haven where, in addition to writing, he is pursuing a doctorate in American History at Yale. This program is co-sponsored with the Yale Club of NWCT. A wine and cheese reception will follow the event.
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