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Join us as Field Trips for Grown Ups community partners with The City Club of Cleveland for this lecture by David Stradling, PhD, co-author of “Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland.”

In June 1969, Carl Stokes was one year into his term as the first black mayor of a major U.S. city when the Cuyahoga River caught fire. The 1969 fire was by no means the first fire on the river (at least 13 others were reported prior to that) or even the biggest (the largest fire cost more than $1 million in damage). But this fire landed Cleveland on the cover of Time magazine in a report on the nation’s environmental problems.

Yet —  the river burning served as a catalyst for passage of the Clean Water Act and the first Earth Day celebration. Mayor Stokes was able to invest significant resources into public services and create far-sighted plans to revitalize Cleveland.

Lunch will be served during the lecture which ends at 1:30pm, after which our group will be treated to an information session and tour of the City Club by CEO Dan Moulthrop if you so desire, or head back to work.  Formed in 1912, did you know that the City Club has served as the country’s oldest, non-partisan and continuously operating free speech forum?


Ticket price is $37 and includes lecture, lunch and tour/information session.