Historic Curtis Prairie Film Footage


Rare, historic film footage from the very earliest days of planting Curtis Prairie, the world’s first restored prairie, comes to us via Diane Garey of Florentine Films and Holt Productions.

This short video clip from the longer Florentine Films production,  “Garden of Eden”, shows Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) “boys” planting prairie plants in the former prairie (that had become an old horse pasture by the 1930), has still photos from those days, and a short interview with Ted Sperry during one of his visits to the Arboretum in the 1980’s.  Sperry was the supervisor of the CCC prairie planting houses out of “Camp Madison” and returned often to sample the vegetation and check the results of his pioneering work.

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About Steve Glass

The blogger is a restoration ecologist practicing and writing in the Midwestern United States.
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