The Hickory Stick Bookshop will partner with The Steep Rock Association for a Family Weekend Workshop Saturday, April 28th at 2:30pm. Join Steep Rock at Macricostas at 1pm and then head over to The Hickory Stick Bookshop for a book signing with Bibi Gaston, author of Gifford Pinchot and the First Foresters (Baked Apple Club Productions, $22.95) during The Hickory Stick’s celebration of Independent Bookstore Day.
In 2005, six tattered blue boxes were unearthed in the Library of Congress's Pinchot Collection in Washington D.C. Inside were 5,000 pages of letters describing the work of early resource conservation professionals. The boxes were labeled simply "The Old Timers." Penned between the years 1937-1941 by the first class of American Forest Rangers to serve under President Theodore Roosevelt and First Chief of the U.S. Forest Service Gifford Pinchot, the letters offer a mirror to the America we once were, and a guidebook for the road ahead.
These narratives tell of extreme hardship, fearless struggle, confrontations with cattlemen, miners, loggers, and the challenge of turning confrontations into cooperation and gratitude. It wasn't an easy life by any means, but to these men and women, their life of service was the best life they could imagine. To a one, they were grateful for the chance to live a meaningful life in a time of struggle.
Bibi Gaston is a nationally recognized and fully licensed professional Landscape Architect, as well as an author. Her first book, The Loveliest Woman in America: A Tragic Actress, Her Lost Diaries and Her Granddaughter's Search for Home was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Literary Arts Society's 2010 Oregon Book Award and featured as book of the month in March 2009 by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. She has been invited to speak on television and radio, including NBC Portland, FOX News Portland, WLIU Long Island Public Radio, and CTR, the Contact Talk Radio Network syndicated nationwide, among others.