Henry Fortlage was born and raised in Independence, and experienced the Cuyahoga Valley extensively growing up. In his interview he discusses his extended family's farms, his parents experiences growing up in the Cuyahoga Valley area, as well as his own. He touches on issues such as community changes, hunting, the river, farming, volunteer work in the park, and the wildlife within it. As a life-long resident and a current volunteer, his insight in to the park is fascinating and informative in comparing the valley from years ago to what it has become today. He discusses his fond memories and hopes for the future of the park, as well as his contributions to the park today.
Fortlage, Henry (interviewee)
Chaloux, Jennifer (interviewer)
Cuyahoga Valley Project
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"Henry Fortlage Interview, 2011" (2011). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 518025.