Oakville Indian Mounds Public Presentation:  Smokey Bear: An American Icon

Harry Rossoll, the U.S. Forest Service illustrator who helped create the Smokey Bear icon, drew more than 1,000 “Smokey Says” cartoons. 

Join Oakville Indian Mounds on August 8 at 5 p.m. to celebrate 75 years of “Wildlife Prevention” artwork. There will be a free lecture from guest speaker, Bob Pasquill, retired Forest Heritage Program Manager for the United States Forest Service. 

Join them to learn about the artist who created the beloved fire fighting bear illustrations from the 1940s to the mid 70s. “Bring or wear your favorite Smokey Bear memorabilia to show our speaker,” Oakville Indian Mounds staff says.

As the former Heritage Program Manager for the National Forest Service, Bob has performed cultural resource work for the national forests both as the Forest Archeologist and Forest Historian. His research interests eventually concentrated on early Forest Service history and the government programs that helped create the National Forests. In April 2001, Bob began public education programs on the Civilian Conservation Corps Program. The University of Alabama Press published Bob’s book The Civilian Conservation Corps in Alabama, 1933-1942, A Great and Lasting Good, in July 2008. Bob’s additional research and writing included the early history of fire prevention in the Southern Region of the US Forest Service, the USDA’s cattle tick eradication program of the early 20th Century, and the Smokey Bear artists.

This event will be held at Oakville Indian Mounds Education Center, 1219 County Road 187, Danville, AL 35619.

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