September 11, 2013 —
MILFORD, PA — Free music, free open house, lectures, guest speakers, food and family fun are planned for September 19 to 22, as the U.S. Forest Service commemorates the 50-year anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s dedication of the ancestral home of agency founder Gifford Pinchot at Grey Towers National Historic Site.
Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell, one of the guest speakers at the September 21 re-dedication program, will highlight the work of the Forest Service, the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and other partners since the Kennedy dedication. On September 24, 1963, Kennedy launched a national conservation tour at Grey Towers when he dedicated the founding of the Pinchot Institute and opened the doors of Grey Towers to the public.
Today, the Forest Service manages Grey Towers as a public conservation education and leadership center as well as a museum providing mansion and garden tours. The agency works with numerous partners to provide programs that carry forward the Pinchot legacy.