The Legacy of
THORNTON W. BURGESS
PRAISE FOR NATURE'S AMBASSADOR
"Thornton Burgess repeatedly employed the device of putting arguments for conservation into the mouths of his animal characters. [Dr. William T.] Hornaday himself credited Burgess’ writings with essential help in passing the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. ‘You can always have the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed substantially to these grand results,” wrote a grateful Hornaday to Burgess (p. 153). [note: Dr. William T. Hornaday was the director of the New York Zoological Society and a powerful early 20th century conservation activist.]
‘The most valuable part of Lowrance’s informative volume is learning about Thornton Burgess’ collaborations with scientists and conservationists. These collaborations tie together sentimental fiction and hardheaded scientific conservation"
KEVIN ARMITAGE, Environmental History Journal, October 2014
For 40 years, Christie Palmer Lowrance has passionately pursued her writing career as a journalist, freelance and travel writer, biographer, instructor, and editor/consultant. Her work covers diverse subjects primarily related to Cape Cod's historical, artistic, literary, and commercial life. She has taught writing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Cape Cod Community College, and the Cape Cod Writers Conference.
Ms. Lowrance is the author of Nature’s Ambassador: The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess, a 320-page biography published in 2013 by Schiffer Publishing. Her book is the first complete biography of the preeminent 20th century naturalist, wildlife advocate, children’s author, and pioneer in environmental education and radio programming.
She holds a B.A. (English) from Hobart & William Smith Colleges and an M.A. (Professional Writing) from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her thesis is titled “A Study in Issues: Shipwreck Preservation and Management,” which focuses extensively on the work of Dr. George F. Bass, widely known as "the father of underwater archaeology," and of deep sea explorer Dr. Robert Ballard, who located the Titanic and other iconic shipwrecks. She interviewed many other nautical and maritime specialists for her research.
At present she is working on a biography on Dr. George F. Bass (1932- 2021).
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On behalf of the Sandwich Arts Alliance Literary Group, I am delighted TO INTRODUCE “THE VOICE OF POETS” acclaimed speakers Geraldine Mills of Galway, Ireland and Jacqueline Murray Loring of Albuquerque, NM.
These distinguished poets will share their experiences, insights and philosophy of poetry. The program will include PowerPoint slides, a writing exercise and Q&A.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
““HOW A CHILDREN’S BOOK HELPED PASS THE 1918 MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT”
BREWSTER, MA — The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster presents their popular “Lunch ‘n Learn” SERIES .
Speaker Christie Lowrance is the author of NATURE’S AMBASSADOR: THE LEGACY OF THORNTON W. BURGESS. She will discuss the unique role in environmental protection and education that Cape Cod native and beloved children’s author Thornton Burgess played in influencing conservation and the environmental values of generations of children, including the story of how a children’s book helped pass the landmark 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and more!
April 14, 2021
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Open to Sandwich Arts Alliance Literary group members. Discussion of the use of romance in books by members Carolyn LeComte, Dr. Bob Reece and Alison McLennan.
“I didn’t know what to expect when Christie Lowrance invited me to join her newly formed Writers Networking group,” says novelist Terri Arthur. “Christie has been an expert moderator for the group. She encourages people to discuss their thoughts and experiences and is always ready to share some new information that guides our thinking in a new direction.”