Historian to speak about racial and environmental issues in Cleveland

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Date: January 25, 2017
Contact: Pamela Barnes, 440-546-5994
Contact: Maggie Olson, 330-657-2909 ext. 109

Brecksville, Ohio –Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park are teaming up to host historian David Stradling at Happy Days Lodge on Saturday, February 25.

Stradling will transport you back to Cleveland in 1969, when Carl Stokes was in office as the first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city. Cleveland was in the midst of an environmental crisis that culminated in the Cuyahoga River fire. The city was facing other challenges such as poverty, racism, and housing issues - all of which demanded Stokes’ attention. Stradling will address the city’s conflicted relationship with one of its most iconic historic events. He explores why the recovery of the Cuyahoga River and the revival of neighborhoods along its shores contrasts so sharply with the persistence of the city’s racial and economic divide.

Stradling’s presentation is part of the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Lyceum Lecture Series. The Lyceum series brings experts on history, adventure, and the natural world to Cuyahoga Valley National Park to share in-depth and engaging stories and discoveries.

This lecture will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. Buy tickets online at forcvnp.org/cvi or by calling 330-657-2909, option 4.

Happy Days Lodge is located at 500 West Streetsboro Road (SR 303), 1 mile west of SR 8, Peninsula 44264.

About the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a nonprofit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. For more information about the Conservancy and its membership program, visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org or call 330-657-2909.

About Cuyahoga Valley National Park
CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or call 330-657-2752.


Last updated: January 26, 2017

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