Books: Cultural History
Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow: The Story of Herb and Dee Sweet and Acorn Farm Camp
In 1933, young Herb Sweet and his wife-to-be Dee began the first day camp in America. They built it into a national camping institution, which through 1977 gave over 15,000 Indiana youngsters unique experiences, teaching them to cherish nature and the planet. Herb and Dee became civic leaders in Indianapolis and were among the first live performers on pioneering TV channels. Herb’s “Try It” syndicated craft columns were enjoyed by nine million young readers. This lovingly told story recreates the tale of the lives of two people and a camp that was one of a kind and which became a template for hundreds of other day camps in the nation.