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Durham County Library Hosts Film Screening: Seeking the Greatest Good

Program: Film Screening: Seeking the Greatest Good
Date: Thursday, Aug. 8
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Rd.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host a screening of Seeking the Greatest Good, a film exploring the life and legacy of Gifford Pinchot and the research institute that bears his name, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 8, at the Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road.

The first half of this one-hour PBS film examines the life of Pinchot, the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service and a leader of the conservation movement for half a century. The second half discusses the Pinchot Institute for Conservation and its mission by looking at three Institute projects that exemplify Gifford Pinchot’s philosophy of “practical conservation” and social justice: the Common Waters Fund, which works to protect the Delaware River watershed; the Forest Health–Human Health Initiative in Oregon, which helps provide a means for private landowners to afford healthcare by maintaining a healthy forest; and a sustainable forest management project in Ecuador led by Peter Pinchot, a grandson of Gifford Pinchot. Following the film, Dr. James G. Lewis, historian at the Forest History Society, will lead a discussion about Pinchot and his legacy.

The Forest History Society is a Durham-based nonprofit library and archive dedicated to the collection and preservation of forest and conservation history. Lewis serves as the editor of the Society magazine Forest History Today, and is the author of many books and articles, including The Forest Service and the Greatest Good: A Centennial History, the companion publication to the film.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or

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