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History of Civic Leadership and the Forest Preserves of Cook County

More than a century ago, architect Dwight Heald Perkins and landscape architect Jens Jensen championed the creation of the Cook Country Forest Preserves. They studied vast areas of undeveloped land on the outskirts of Chicago, published a visionary report in 1904, built advocacy, and helped draft legislation to create the Forest Preserve System. Every step of the way, they encountered major obstacles that made it seem as though their ambitious plans to save thousands of acres of scenic lands from development may never come to fruition.  But they refused to give up.  In 1916, after nearly two decades of study, advocacy, and several failed bills, a Forest Preserve Act received approval and withstood a court challenge.

During this presentation, Julia Bachrach will tell the inspiring story of how Perkins and Jensen refused to give up until they could be sure their vision for the Cook County Forest Preserves would become a reality.