Eric Rutkow

For Immediate Release

Go Out on a Limb with the New Haven Museum this Presidents’ Day

New Haven, CT, January 28, 2013—In honor of Presidents’ Day, join the New Haven Museum forThe Executive’s Branch: Trees and the Shaping of Four Great American Presidents, a talk featuring Eric Rutkow on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, Tuesday, February 12 at 6:00 pm. This talk looks at the relationship between trees and four of our commanders-in-chief: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Drawing on stories from his bookAmerican Canopy, Rutkow will explain some of the ways that the natural landscape shaped these four men and how they in turn shaped the nation’s forests. The legend of George Washington and the cherry tree will be the entry point to a broad-ranging discussion that includes the birth of federal environmental protection, the creation of the national parks and forests, the famous “Tree Army” of the 1930s, and ceremonial trees, such as the oak tree that was planted on the New Haven Green to celebrate the centennial of Lincoln’s birth and lost during Hurricane Sandy. Copies of Rutkow’s book, American Canopy, which the Washington Post called “wonderfully enjoyable”, will be available for sale. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Eric Rutkow, a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, has worked as a lawyer on environmental and corporate issues. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in American history at Yale. American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation (Scribner, 2012) is his first book.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society and currently celebrating its 150th Anniversary, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or

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