Kathleen Barber of the Shaker Lakes Nature Center describes her involvement with the Center beginning with the battle to protect Shaker Lakes from highway development in the 1960s. Barber describes this activist campaign in great detail, discussing the proposed route of the highway, the role of County Commissioner Albert Porter, the strategies employed to stop the highway, and the parts played by numerous individuals and activists - particularly women, whose role, according to Barber, was very much related to their role in the greater U.S. society. Barber used this activist experience to move forward as an instructor at John Carrol University, a Shaker Heights City Councilperson, and a member of numerous volunteer and non-profit organizations. Additional topics include regional government (regionalism), state and local politics, and cooperative arrangements between inner ring suburbs as a means to combat urban sprawl. Also mentioned are the Kingsbury Run Murders of the 1930s, during which several bodies are said to have been dumped at Shaker Lakes' Southerly Park.


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Barber, Kathleen L. (interviewee)


Smith, Nancy King (interviewer);Eakin, Martha (interviewer)


Shaker Lakes Nature Center



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54 minutes

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