Dr. Kenneth J. Bindas, editor of The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve, 1933-1939, will speak Wednesday, May 7 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Akron-Summit County Public Library in Meeting Room 2AB, 60 S. High Street.
The program will focus on the story of the CCC’s construction of the Virginia Kendall Reserve, which today is part of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Northeast, Ohio. Dr. Bindas and seven students from Kent State University worked with government documents, oral histories, and other primary sources to place the construction of the Reserve within the larger context of modernism and the emerging 1930s movements, whose goals were to protect and open up natural areas.
Dr. Kenneth J. Bindas is a Professor and Chairperson of History at Kent State University. He specializes in modern American Cultural and Intellectual history and has written widely on the intersection of politics, culture and class during the Depression era. He has published several books, numerous book chapters, articles, essays and reviews in a wide variety of scholarly journals. Kent State University recognized his research excellence in 2012, awarding him the Outstanding Research and Scholar Award. He has been recognized for his innovative teaching at KSU with the Diversity Leadership Award and the Arts & Sciences Distinguished Teacher Award.
The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Special Collections Division at 330-643-9030 or send and email to [email protected].