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Home of Early Environmentalist Designated National Landmark
April 18, 1993, Associated Press
The former home of Rachel Carson, whose book “Silent Spring” helped touch off the modern environmental movement, was designated as a national landmark in a Sunday ceremony.
“She was the mother of the ecology movement,” said Diana Post, executive director of the Rachel Carson Council.
“Silent Spring,” which described the dangers of pesticides, sold more copies in 1992, its 30th anniversary year, than in the year it was published, Ms. Post said. The book has been one of the most influential forces in the environmental movement in the United States.
The Department of the Interior, in a hour-long ceremony, declared thehouse a landmark and dedicated a plaque that will be displayed in the home where Carson spent four years writing and researching “Silent Spring.”
The structure, which Carson designed and built in 1957, is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Urick.
Carson died of cancer in 1964, two years after the publication of “Silent Spring.” She was 54 years old.
The Rachel Carson Council was formed at the author’s request using money she left to continue her crusade for the environmental movement.