LHU Dean Susan Rimby speaks at conference

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven University Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education, Susan Rimby, recently spoke at the 85th annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Historical Association held Oct. 6-8 on the Shippensburg University campus and at the SU Conference Center.

This year’s conference theme was “Business, Technology, and the Environment.” The event featured more than 75 speakers covering topics ranging from the colonial era to the present day.

The conference featured the documentary film Mira Lloyd Dock: A Beautiful Crusade about a prominent Harrisburg conservationist who became the first woman in Pennsylvania to hold a state office when she was appointed in 1901 to the State Forest Reservation Commission. A discussion with Dock biographer Dr. Susan Rimby, Cindy Adams Dunn, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and WITF Public Media producer Heather Woolridge followed the film.

Coinciding with the conference was the rededication of the Mira Lloyd Dock Forestry Center, held on October 12th at the State Forestry Nursery in Centre County. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined Bureau of Forestry officials and others in renaming the Mira Lloyd Dock Resource Conservation Center in honor of the late woman environmentalist, botanist and civic activist who championed reforestation and anti-pollution measures. “How appropriate that a woman who rallied against pollution and environmental degradation should be honored at a DCNR facility aiding in reforestation efforts across the commonwealth, and helping the public better enjoy the wealth of natural resources and natural beauty in our state parks and state forests,” Dunn said.

Dr. Rimby is Dock’s biographer, and author of the book Mira Lloyd Dock and the Progressive Era Conservation Movement, published by Penn State University Press in 2012. She shares, “It was an honor to be present at the rededication to see Dock get her due as one of the founders of Pennsylvania forestry.”

Rimby received her Ph.D. in United States history from the University of Pittsburgh. She taught history, women’s studies, and social studies education at Shippensburg University from 1992-2013. She has been the Founding Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education at Lock Haven University since 2013.  Rimby became interested in the Dock family during her Scholar-in-Residency at the Pennsylvania State Archives in 2001.