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Sisters of the Mother Forest-- Alice Jones as the Braun Sisters

Sisters of the Mother Forest-- Alice Jones as the Braun Sisters

Lucy Braun and Alice Jones

In the 1930s, what began as a botanical research trip propelled two scientist sisters from Cincinnati into the fight to save the virgin forest of eastern Kentucky, and forever changed the history of ecological science and modern environmental conservation.

Drawing on both storytelling and theatrical traditions, Eastern Kentucky University environmental geographer Dr. Alice Jones  explores the lives and careers of the  Drs.Annette Braun (1884-1978) and E. Lucy Braun (1889-1971)--the first two women to earn PhDs at the University of Cincinnati.


In particular, the story focuses on the career- and life-changing role that a 1934 research trip to eastern Kentucky had on the pair—from shaping the trajectory of their ground-breaking research in ecological science and forestry, as well as their pioneering roles in the history of modern environmental conservation and land preservation.

With a running time of 65 minutes and minimal staging requirements, the play is intended for both formal and informal educational settings—including classrooms, small auditoriums, and even park campfires.

Curriculum guides aligned with common K-16 learning outcomes available for Appalachian history and ecology; ecology & environmental science, women in science, and drama & arts. 

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Published on March 06, 2017

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