Preserving Our Past

As The Nature Conservancy celebrated its 50th anniversary in Washington last year, we launched a special project – preserving our past.

Working with the Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship (IRIS), we set out to record interviews with some of the people who shaped our organization into what it is today.

With help from IRIS,  we interviewed long-time donors, volunteers and conservationists, including Louis Messmer, John and Patty Rose, Nancy Nordhoff and more.

You can listen to excerpts from the interviews and learn more about the Conservancy’s history on the IRIS Gathering Our Voice website.

“I think that the next generations are going to care about these topics and I think when they do their research they’re going to find the Nature Conservancy an appropriate vehicle with which to carry out their own environmental goals,” said John Rose, Conservancy board member who participated in the project.

There’s more: Return to Nature.org/Washington in the months to come for more information on our oral history project.


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