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Ren and Helen Davis
3317 Breton Circle, NE, Atlanta, GA, 30319-2403
Authors of Our Mark on This Land
Ren Davis is a native of Atlanta, GA. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in American History from Emory University in 1973, and a Masters Degree from Tulane University in 1976. Most of his career was spent managing and consulting health care issues. He was the recipient of the Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia's "Heroes in Health Care Ethics Award" in 2008. He also authored a book titled Caring for Atlanta: A History of Emory Crawford Long Hospital, which was published in 2003.
Helen Davis is a native of Lewistown, PA. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Ecology from The Ohio State University in 1973 and a Master's Degree in Education from Georgia State University in 1980. She completed a program of Advanced Studies for Teachers at Emory University and has served as an adjunt professor of education psychology at Oglethorpe University, and spent twenty years as an elementary school teacher in Atlanta Public Schools.
Together, Ren and Helen are also free-lance writers and phtographers and have worked on a wide variety of regional and historical travel topics. They served as contributing editors for Georgia Journal Magazine from 1994-1998, and have produced more than 80 articles for magazines and newspapers. To date, their work has appeared in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, Appalachian Trailway News, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Tennis Magazine, Georgia Magazine, Where Atlanta/Georgia Magazine, and Travelworld International (e-magazine). Their work has also been syndicated through Cox Newpapers.
The Davis' are co-authors of several popular guidebooks. Atlanta Walks: A Guide to Walking, Running, and Bicycling Scenic and Historic Atlanta (now in its 4th edition); Georgia Walks: Discovery Hikes Through the Peach State's Natural and Human History (in its 2nd printing, with a revision scheduled for 2012); and several others. They provide audiovisual presentations on a number of travel topics.
They are members of the Atlanta History Center, the Atlanta Preservation Center, and the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club. Ren is a member of the Appalachian Trail Club, North American Travel Journalists Association, and American Historical Association.
The couple has one grown son, T. Nelson Davis, who works as a transportation systems planning engineer.
The Davis' are available for lectures and programs.
1. The Legacy of the CCC in Our Nation's Parks - photos and information. This could also be tailored to provide more detail about a specific park or park system.
2. Roosevelt's Tree Army - A look back at the Great Depression and the work of the CCC - more general overview of the CCC.
3. Life in the CCC - a look at the men, the work, their experiences, and their legacy.
* We are also planning to develop a more interactive presentation about the CCC - where Helen interviews Ren who portrays a CCC veteran and talks about his work and the work of his 'friends' in the Corps - utilizing information gained from veterans interviews, quotations, journals, etc... - this might be a good format for audiences with young people.
1. For speaking engagements, the authors request reimbursement for travel expenses.
2. An honorarium is appreciated whenever possible.
3. Invitations to speak should be extended to the visiting authors.
4. The author's book published by McDonald & Woodward will be available on site, either through the visiting author or the sponsoring organization; contact us at 1-800-233-8787 for further information about buying our books.