The Arlington Historical Society (AHS) will host author Sue Eisenfeld, who will discuss her book Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal at its next public program on Thursday, February 12.
The book is a first-person hiking adventure through the history of the lost communities of Shenandoah National Park. More than just a favorite weekend recreation area, these southern Appalachian hills and hollows hold a hidden history of human habitation, and remnants of the people’s lives can still be found in the woods: house foundations, stone walls, wagon wheels, farm equipment, and more. This is the story of displacement of a mountain culture, and the government’s use of eminent domain to remove people from their land, and the creation of a national park as a gift to the nation in perpetuity – and the author’s journey of discovery and understanding.
Books will be available for signing and purchase following the presentation.
Sue Eisenfeld grew up in Center City Philadelphia, but has now spent more than half her life in Virginia, though she realizes this will never qualify her as a true southerner. She studied Natural Resources at Cornell University and then spent more than 20 years as a consultant in environmental policy and communications to assist federal agencies in Washington, DC. She later obtained her Master of Arts in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University, where she is now a faculty member in both the M.A. in Writing and M.A. in Science Writing programs. She has also taught at The Writers Center and is a consultant with ICF International.
The hour-long program will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Marymount University (2807 N. Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207; the talk will be held on the main floor of the university’s library, Rowley G127). Note that this is a seasonal change-of-venue from Arlington Central Library; AHS programming will return to the library in May 2015. The program is free and open to the public. For additional AHS information, please contact 703-942-9247.
For those who take public transit: A free shuttle bus provided by Marymount University is available from the Ballston-MU Metro Station (Orange and Silver lines). The University is also accessible via Metro bus routes 23A and 23T; exit at the N. Glebe Road and Old Dominion Drive stop.
For those who drive: Marymount University will provide free parking. Attendees should enter the main entrance gate (located at N. Glebe Road and Old Dominion Drive); the Security Station at the main entrance should direct them where to park. Campus Safety is located at Ireton Hall.