Lansing in Ingham County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
E. Genevieve Gillette 1898-1986
Athletics and Recreation
Known as the “Mother” of Michigan State Parks system. Genevieve Gillette is remembered as one of the state’s most effective conservation lobbyists. In 1920, she was the only woman in the first landscape architecture class to graduate from Michigan Agriculture College. As an ally of parks chief P.J. Hoffmaster, and later as founder and president of the Michigan Park Association, she raised public awareness and funding for more than 200,000 acres of Michigan’s state and national parks.
Her passionate persistent advocacy helped create Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. In the mid-1960s, Gillette served on President Lyndon Johnson’s Advisory Committee on Recreation and Natural Beauty.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Environment • Parks & Recreational Areas • Sports • Women. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #36 Lyndon B. Johnson, and the Michigan Walk of Fame series lists.
Location. 42° 43.82′ N, 84° 33.236′ W. Marker is in Lansing, Michigan, in Ingham County. Marker can be reached from South Washington Square, on the right when traveling north. This marker was installed as part of the Michigan Walk of Fame, which commemorates 23 notable Michiganians with markers embedded in the sidewalks of Downtown Lansing. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 327 South Washington Square, Lansing MI 48933, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Edison 1847-1931 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); State Bar of Michigan (about 500 feet away); Henry Ford 1863-1947 (about 500 feet away); Rosa Parks 1913-2005 (about 700 feet away); Ernie Harwell b. 1918 (about 700 feet away); Jeff Daniels b. 1955 (about 800 feet away); Theater District / The Strand (about 800 feet away); Grand Army of the Republic (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
Also see . . .
1. Genevieve Gillette, from the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. (Submitted on June 16, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan.)
2. Emma Genevieve Gillette, from Wikipedia. (Submitted on June 16, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 25, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. This page has been viewed 148 times since then and 13 times this year. Photo 1. submitted on June 8, 2017, by Bill Rieske of Lansing, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.