Group Title: Two Women: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Videotaped at the Douglas House in Coconut Grove, June 15, 1983.
Title: Early pioneering efforts to establish the Everglades National Park
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Title: Early pioneering efforts to establish the Everglades National Park
Series Title: Two Women: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Videotaped at the Douglas House in Coconut Grove, June 15, 1983.
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Creator: Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Publication Date: June 15, 1983
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- South Florida
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Funding: Florida International Univerity Libraries
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Bibliographic ID: FI07010802
Volume ID: VID00013
Source Institution: Florida International University
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Segment: Early pioneering efforts to establish the Everglades National Park

Source: Interview with Marjory Stoneman Douglas: a tale of two women / produced by Florida
International University Learning Resources for FIU/FAU Joint Center. Videotaped at the Douglas House
in Coconut Grove, June 15, 1983.

Length of Segment: 00:03:45

Transcript and audio recording are copyright 1983-2009 Florida International University.



TRANSCRIPT

You've mentioned Everglades National Park several times now, lets talk about Everglades National Park
and the efforts to establish that Park. You were, you lived in Miami at that time. Can you describe those
early efforts? Who was involved?

Well, I was... the man who started the whole idea of a National Park was a marvelous man by the name
of Ernest F. Coe. Mr. Coe, C-O-E, who gave his life, the end of his life was given over, completely
dedicated to making an Everglades National Park at the end of the peninsula. Now Mr. Coe, I couldn't
say exactly when we began, but I would image in was in the thirties. Because it was really twenty years,
well that would make it like, like twenty-seven; it could have been way in there. It was about twenty
years before we got it. Well, Mr. Coe for a while was the only one. He went to my father, who was
Judge Stoneman on the Herald, editor of the Herald. My father agreed with him perfectly, and they
organized a committee to help with the establishment of the Everglades National Park. The committee
was headed by Dr. David Fairchild, and Mr. Coe was given a little bit of a salary and a little funny office,
and he did it by doing nothing but talk about an Everglades National Park. He talked about it so much,
to everybody, over and over again, that people really for the Park dreaded to stop to talk to him about it
because he'd show them all the letters he'd written and all the letter he'd had and everything he was
doing over and over again and that's what it took to get it established. So I was on later, I was on the
committee, under David Fairchild, that brought people in from all over the country, not only the
National Park people and government people, but private people interested in National Parks and we
took them, we took a great, cruising houseboat called the Everglades, and they were on it. Ruth Bryan
Owen, who was our representative from Congress, and I were the only two women. We had a
marvelous time, of course, because they were some awfully interesting men. Dr. Gilbert Pearson who










was then head of the then Federated Audubon Societies, Dr. Gilbert Grosvenor, who was editor and
founder of the National Geographic, Horace Albright, who was the head of the National Park system and
Arno Cammerer, who was the assistant and later became the head of the National Park system, and all
kinds of other people. We took them around in The Everglades in a dirigible and an airplane and they
saw the birds, there were marvelous birds in those days. You could look down on flights of birds
covering the Everglades, almost. We took them in small boats up to bird rookeries in the moonlight, the
sunset and the moonlight with the birds coming over, and we were on the cruising houseboat up around
the 10,000 islands and all around the edge to see if they thought the place was fit to be a National Park,
and they unanimously decided that it must be a great National Park.




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