The Shaker Lakes Nature Center Oral History Project was initiated by Nature Center founding member Nancy King Smith, with interviews by researchers, students, and public school teachers in collaboration with the Center. Interviews cover a variety of topics relating to the creation of Shaker Lakes and the Nature Center, as well as to the broader issues in wildlife preservation and environmental education. Although the Shaker Lakes were man-made (serving as a major part of the development of Shaker Heights), the park quickly became a favorite spot for amateur naturalists from throughout the area. In the 1960s, as the encroaching highway system threatened to destroy the Lakes, a grassroots movement sprang up in their defense, gaining the attention of the nascent environmental movement in the US. After successfully rolling back highway development through the Lakes, the activists used the momentum to form the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, with the mission of protecting the park lands in perpetuity and educating students and other citizens on environmental issues.

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Submissions from 2008

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Billie Smith Interview, April 2008

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Hope Adelstein and Stanley I. Adelstein Interview, April 2008

Submissions from 2006

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Barbara Morgan Interview, 30 June 2006

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Burt W. Griffin Interview, 30 October 2006

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Edward J. Fritz Interview, 06 July 2006

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Jack Ullman Interview, 11 July 2006

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Kathleen L. Barber Interview 20 June 2006

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Kay Fuller Interview, 27 September 2006

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Laura Gooch Interview, 11 July 2006

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Martha Eakin Interview, 05 June 2006

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Martha Eakin Interview, 21 June 2006

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Nancy King Smith Interview, 28 June 2006

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Nora Skillern Interview, 2006

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Norma Rodgers Interview, 2006

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Phil Hart Interview, 29 June 2006

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Richard Horton Iinterview, 4 October 2006

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Victor Fazio Interview, 2006