Gifford Pinchot and First Foresters

About the Gifford Pinchot presentation
FREE, BUT RESERVATIONS REQUIRED because of limited space. Light refreshments will be served.

The presentation and book signing will be held on the second floor of the historic Stroud Mansion which is not handicapped accessible.

To make a reservation or for more information, call 570-421-7703 or contact us.

Presentation and Book Signing

Thursday, March 23, 2017 • 7 p.m.
Stroud Mansion, 900 Main Street, Stroudsburg
The Monroe County Historical Association is hosting an evening with author Bibi Gaston, great grandniece of Gifford Pinchot, first chief of the U.S. Forest Service, who will present her newest book, “Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters.”

Pinchot also served two terms as governor of Pennsylvania, and his family estate in Milford, Pike County, is now the Grey Towers National Historic Site.

In 2005, six tattered blue boxes were unearthed in the Library of Congress’s Gifford Pinchot Papers 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 forest rangers to serve under Pinchot and President Theodore Roosevelt, offer 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 the Library of Congress and the U.S. Forest Service, as well as historical societies, libraries, universities, colleges, book stores, book clubs and book festivals around the country.