J. Horace McFarland
Members of the American Civic Association
J. HORACE MCFARLAND, President, Harrisburg, Pa.CLINTON ROGERS WOODRUFF. First Vice-President and Secretary, PhiladelphiaWILLIAM B. HOWLAND. Treasurer, New YorkROBERT C. OGDEN, Chairman Advisory-Committee, New YorkVice-Presidents: GEORGE B. LEIGHTON. Monadnock, N. H.ROBERT WATCHORN, New YorkL. E. HOLDEN, Cleveland.FIELDING J. STILSON, Los AngelesAmerican Cibic Association FOR A BETTER AND MORE BEAUTIFUL AMERICADepartment Vice-PresidentsArts and Crafts MRS. M. F. Johnston. Richmond, Ind.Children's Gardens. MISS MARY MARSHALL BUTLER, Yonkers N.YCity Making FREDERICK L. FORD. Hartford, Conn.Factory Betterment GEORGE OTIS DRAPER. Hopedale. MassLibraries MISS MARY E. AHERN, ChicagoOutdoor Art WARREN H. MANNING. BostonParks and Reservations HENRY A. BARKER. ProvidencePress R. B. Watrous. MilwaukeeDepartment Vice-PresidentsPublic Nuisances HARLAN F. KELSEY, Salem. MassPublic Recreation Mrs. GEORGE F. FRENCH. Portland, Me.Railroad Improvements MRS.A. E.MCCREA, ChicagoRural Improvements D.WARD KING, Maltland, MoSchool Extension O.J.KERNSocial Settlement GRAHAM ROMEYN TAYLOR, ChicagoWomen's League MRS. AGNES MCGIFFERT POUND. Ashtabula, OGENERAL OFFICERS OF THE ASSOCIATIONNORTH AMERICAN BUILDINGPHILADELPHIAJuly 8, 1908.To the Members of the American Civic Association :It is only right that you should be advised of the high estimation in which the associates of President Roosevelt in the planning and management of the recent memorable White House Conference hold our cooperation, endorsement and support. "There can be no doubt of the effectiveness of the American Civic Association," writes Thomas R. Shipp, for Mr. Pinchot.The letters and resolutions received by the President and the Governors, giving spontaneous and hearty support to the great undertaking, were most significant and important, and showed in a high degree, the intelligent interest of those who are cooperating to make the Association stand for what is highest and best in American civic life.As a memento of the Conference, so epoch-making in its work, so high in its plane, we are sending you a pamphlet containing the great Declaration there unanimously adopted. The influence of the American Civic Association is seen in the sentence printed in boldface type on page 6. It is significant of that influence to mention that the address on the Conservation of Natural Scenery (also included in the pamphlet) prepared at the special request of the program committee was the only address from any of the invited societies actually delivered to the Conference.We are now asked by Mr. Pinchot, Chairman of the newly-created "National Conservation Commission," to assist it by giving detailed and specific information in our great field. Nearly half the Governors present at the Conference have accepted membership in the American Civic Association. "I feel greatly interested in the work your Association is doing," writes Governor Ansel, of South Carolina. "I shall assist in every possible way," says Governor Cutler, of Utah.It is obvious that the Association must move forward into the important position opened up by the work of the White House Conference,09918
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