Tag Archives: First Principles

The First Thanksgiving

  Come, ye thankful people, come, Raise the song of Harvest-home; All is safely gathered in, Ere the winter storms begin.  Henry Alfred  1810-187  The First Thanksgiving What is now called the First Thanksgiving was actually a Harvest Festival, popular in England, and, indeed, all over the world, including the New World. The Pilgrims and […]


A DOCTRINE OF SUSTAINABILITY   continued Gerould Wilhelm   IV. All places on the earth, along with the people who inhabit them, are unique to all others, this singular quality embodied in the Genius Loci. Geronimo, the great Apache leader, looking back on his beloved western homeland from a prison at Pensacola, Florida noted: For […]


A DOCTRINE OF SUSTAINABILITY  Gerould Wilhelm Director of Research Conservation Research Institute 185 S. York Elmhurst, IL 60126 Revised November 2011 There are at least seven First Principles that must be attended in all design programs, if we really are to sustain the ability for next generations to have at least as many choices for […]


Conservation@Home  Early this year, our Northern Kane County Wild Ones invited Jim Kleinwachter of The Conservation Foundation of DuPage and Kane Counties to speak  about Conservation@Home, a program that helps property owners protect and create yards that are environmentally friendly. The following criteria is used for designation: Property must have some native plant components for […]


FALLEN LEAVES–Part I       The City of Elgin spends $1000’s of dollars every year disposing leaves from private property.  Is this necessary?       Let’s not be so quick to have them hauled away. Fallen leaves can be beautiful. The ground was blanketed with wet leaves of every hue from livid crimson […]

Why Do We Think What We Think?

Why Do We Think What We Think?   Gerould Wilhelm Director of Research Conservation Research Institute 375 W. First Street Elmhurst, Illinois  60126   Revised, 21 March 2011   One of the key aspects of cultural evolution is the epistemology of its people.  Given that every thought is born from experience and exposure to antecedent […]