The Dunes region is of nation-wide scientific and educational value, as well as of scenic beauty.
The creation of a National Park will be of untold benefit to the nation and especially to the millions of Indiana and nearby states.
Years ago the Club Women of New Jersey and New York took the first successful steps toward the saving of the Palisades of the Hudson for a park. This Palisades Inter-State Park has for many years annually benefitted millions of people.
I predict the same success for the Dunes National Park project. You may depend upon my support.
INDIANA FEDERATION WANTS PARK.
Whereas there is located in Indiana on the southerly shores of Lake Michigan a region of vast sand dunes, which are known to be the finest specimens of sand formations in the world, which have been the inspiration of many artists, which are invaluable to the botanist, because of their varied and extensive flora and which are so easy of access to one seventh of the population of the Unites States that the said region would become one of the most inspiring playgrounds and best equipped nature schools in the world; and
Whereas this region is being rapidly desecrated by sand companies, who are leveling the area, and by vast corporations for the location of factories, so that if immediate action is not taken the dune formations will be destroyed. Ninety per cent of the rare flora will be extinct in ten years. The people of Indiana who worked so hard to secure a frontage on the Great Lakes, will be shut out from Lake Michigan completely, and we, of this age, will be looked upon by future generations as negligent of their interests and rights to enjoy those beautiful gifts bestowed by the Creator of Beauty. Now therefore be it
Resolved by the Indiana Federation of Clubs that this area should be preserved, and that all possible aid should be rendered to the successful establishment of the said National Dunes Park.
"Resolved, That the Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs endorse the project to make the Indiana sand dunes a national park, and that a copy of these resolutions be sent to Mr. Stephen Mather, Interior department, Washington, D. C."
GLAD EFFORT BEING MADE.
I often pass these very unique formations in making trips to Chicago, and am very glad some effort is being made for their preservation.
I shall be interested in whatever propaganda work the clubs of Indiana decide to put out.
Posted 29th June, 1999; last updated 10th July, 2001.