The 27th Annual Sadie Gwin Blackburn Environmental Seminar was held on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM. in the Brown Auditorium of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. 1001 Bissonnet Street.
Our Speaker this year was Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR.
Charles is a great speaker and the CEO and founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), in Washington, D.C.
We learned what Cultural Landscapes are and what they mean to our great city! Mr. Birnbaum shared with us the rich Cultural Landscapes that make Houston special. We learned how far we, as a community, have come, where we are now, and what's on the horizon as we both create and preserve our unique identity through our truly special and unique landscapes.
Please join us next January, 2018, for our next seminar.
About Sadie Gwin Blackburn
Sadie Gwin Blackburn is a native Texan and has resided in Houston since 1939. She attended Sweet Briar College and the University of Texas and she received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in History from Rice University.
Sadie Gwin’s community involvement reaches beyond the River Oaks Garden Club. She has served as President of the Garden Club of America, Vice Chairman of the National Parks Conservation Association and has been a member of the Mercer Arboretum Advisory Council, Armand Bayou Advisory Board, Memorial Park Conservancy, Hermann Park Conservancy, Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the Houston Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Sadie Gwin is a former president of the Board of the San Jacinto Museum of History and directed a special project to prepare a master plan for the San Jacinto Battlefield State Park. She also was a founding member of Asia Society Texas Center and secretary of its board.
Sadie Gwin has been honored with many awards including a Resolution of Appreciation by the San Jacinto Museum of History Board of Trustees, a Leadership Award from the Park People, and has been recognized for “dedication to beauty, nature, and gardening” by Friends of Hermann Park Board and as Houston’s “Scenic Visionary” by Scenic Houston. Sadie Gwin Blackburn, an outstanding Houstonian devoted to conservation, preservation and environmental issues, is truly a Texas Treasure.
The Sadie Gwin Blackburn Conservation Fund was created to provide exceptional speakers for the annual Environmental Seminar. Please send contributions to:
Sadie Gwin Blackburn
River Oaks Garden Club
Houston, TX 77098-1321
Cynthia Blackburn, Bobby Blackburn, Sadie Gwin Blackburn and David Bamberger, 2012 seminar speaker and founder of the Bamberger Ranch Preserve, Selah