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Curt Meine: What Makes an Environmental Archive Special?

Updated: May 7, 2022

Episode Guide: “What Makes an Environmental Archive Special?”

Holding History Podcast

Season 1: Episode 5

“…a biography is not just the story of a person.

It's the story of a person in a place.

And everyone has a story in place.”

-Curt Meine

This episode features a conversation with Curt Meine, conservation biologist, environmental historian, writer, and Senior Fellow at the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

From Curt’s Driftless Area farmhouse, the HH Pod crew learns about the Aldo Leopold Archive but quickly moves to a broader discussion about biography, environment, and the possibility of land-as-archive.

To go a bit deeper, check out the Aldo Leopold Foundation (and visit if you can). For a primer on Leopold, look for Curt’s influential biography and Leopold’s most notable work, A Sand County Almanac. This episode also references Leopold’s “shack,” the scholar Madeleine Doran, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin.

A transcript of this episode can be accessed here.

This episode’s Bookish Word, bibliophile, was created by Sarah Bulvan.

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