Martha Eakin Interview, 05 June 2006

Martha Eakin of the Shaker Lakes Nature Center describes her involvement over the years with Shaker Lakes and the Center. Martha's mother, Jean Eakin, was a major figure in the battle against highway development through the Shaker Lakes in the 1960s, and Martha has continued to be involved since. Biographical information about Jean and Martha is included in this interview, as is the rationale and timeline of events leading to the organization of political action against highway development, and the subsequent founding of the Center. Martha Eakin shares her insights on the preservation of historical and natural landscapes, and public and family memory, and describes changes at the Shaker Lakes since the 1960s.

Participants: Eakin, Martha (interviewee) / West, Julie (interviewer)
Collection: Shaker Lakes Nature Center
Institutional Repository: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

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Shaker Lakes Nature Center

The Shaker Lakes Nature Center Oral History Project was initiated by Nature Center founding member Nancy King Smith, with interviews by researchers, students, and public school teachers in collaboration with the Center. Interviews cover a variety of topics relating to the creation of Shaker Lakes and the Nature Center, as well as to the broader issues in wildlife preservation and environmental education. Although the Shaker Lakes were man-made (serving as a major part of the development of…