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Through June 30: 'Saving White Clay Creek'

University Library exhibit honors local environmental activist Dorothy Miller

The University of Delaware Library has announced a new exhibition, “Saving White Clay Creek: The Charge of the Dorothy Miller Brigade,” on view in Morris Library through June 30.

The exhibit pays tribute to Dorothy Miller, a citizen of Newark who died at age 84 on Feb. 22, 2016. Miller was a birder and nature lover turned activist who is widely regarded as the coalition builder who successfully fought a proposed damming of White Clay Creek in the 1960s.


Saving White Clay Creek was the first step in allying citizens, conservation-minded organizations, the DuPont Company and the state governments of Delaware and Pennsylvania to acquire and preserve open space to protect the entire White Clay Creek Watershed.

By an act of Congress, the White Clay Creek was declared a National Wild and Scenic River in 2000. One of only 208 Wild and Scenic Rivers in the United States, White Clay Creek is unique for its designation of the entire watershed, not just a river section, in the National Wild and Scenic River System. This watershed spans 107 square miles across two states and the combined recreational and scenic creek and tributaries span 199 miles.

Documents, reports, photographs, maps and news clippings from the Dorothy P. Miller papers, as well as the William J. Cohen papers also located in Special Collections, are on display in “Saving the White Clay Creek: The Charge of the Dorothy Miller Brigade.”

The exhibit is on display in the Information Room and on the second floor of Morris Library. The exhibit was curated and installed by L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, librarian, of the Manuscripts and Archives Department. Dustin Frohlich, library assistant, also of the Manuscripts and Archives Department, designed the exhibition poster and prepared the Omeka site for online access to the exhibit.

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