Silent Spring is credited by many with sparking the modern environmental movement. It is well documented how the book contributed to the creation of foundational laws and government entities responsible for protecting and sustaining ecological and public health, including the EPA, Clean Water Act, and the banning of certain synthetic pesticides in the United States.
What is less noted is how Rachel Carson's book sparked a profound shift in perspective on the individual and collective level. What was the impact of an author on the views, decisions, and lives of her readers?
Join us in sharing your story of how Silent Spring or other writings of Rachel Carson affected you, your family, or your community. What caught the attention of the reader and how did that resonate? We are particularly hopeful to receive accounts of reading the book in the 1960s-1980s, but we welcome contributions from any time period.
The museum will collect these personal stories for the sake of documenting history and seeking to understand the profound impact of Carson's final book from the vital but not formally recorded, often overlooked perspective of the ordinary individual. We plan to partner with state or national archives to house these stories permanently.