Friday, October 15, 2021

“A Voice of the Everglades”

Marco Island Historical Society Proudly Presents: Janina Birtolo As Marjorie Stoneman Douglas “A Voice of the Everglades” Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 7:00pm Rose History Auditorium. Refreshments at 7:00 PM. Program: 7:30 PM

Born and raised in New Jersey, the daughter of a scientist and stay-at-home mom. Janina grew up surrounded by music and theatre and by discussions of evolution and chemistry – a true liberal arts education. She is an avid reader and history buff. Janina earned a BA in English from Boston College and a MS in TV broadcasting at Boston University. She was chosen “Writer of the Year” by Florida Magazine Association in 2001, was a field producer for Arts Education WGCU-TV, and is active in theatre in Naples and Ft. Myers. Her current: “Conversations with History,” is a series of original, one- woman plays about notable women.

Marjorie Stoneman Douglas

April 7, 1890 – May 14, 1998

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Died in Coconut Grove, Florida (aged 108)

Marjorie Stoneman Douglas was an American journalist, writer, feminist, and environmentalist known for her staunch defense of the Florida Everglades against draining and development.

Her best known work: The Everglades, River of Grass” published in 1947 is still read and cherished by those who believe in maintaining the Everglades.

Quick Quips on Marjorie:

In 1992 President Bill Clinton awarded her the Presidential Medal of freedom, the highest honor given to a civilian. The citation for the medal read, “Marjory Stoneman Douglas personifies passionate commitment. Her crusade to preserve and restore the Everglades has enhanced our nations respect for our precious environment, reminding all of us of nature’s delicate balance. Grateful Americans honor the ‘Grandmother of the Glades’ by following her splendid example in safeguarding America’s beauty and splendor for generations to come.”

Ed Davison, chairman of the national Wildlife Federation remembered her as a passionate, articulate, and tireless voice for the environment. “She kept a clear vision of the way things ought to be, and she didn’t give a lot of credibility to excuses about why they’re not like that. She would give these wonderful, curmudgeonly speeches to which there was no response back. You Can’t holler back to grandmotherly scolding. All you can do is shuffle your feet and say, ‘Yes, Ma’am.”

In her own words: People can’t be rude to me, this poor little old woman. But I can be rude to them. Poor darlings, and nobody can stop me.”

Check “Wikipedia” for interesting details on her life and spirit to save the environment.

Marjorie Stoneman Douglas was true to herself and to her cause of protecting the environment!

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