So Fine a Prospect

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 — 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Explore the unique geology, ecology, history, and cultural significance of Connecticut’s Traprock Ridgelands.

June 21, 2022

Events > So Fine a Prospect

Tuesday, June 21
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Berlin-Peck Memorial Library


Early American Art and Science and the Rise of Landscape Tourism in the Connecticut Valley

Presenter Peter M. LeTourneau, Ph.D. will explore the unique geology, ecology, history, and cultural significance of Connecticut’s Traprock Ridgelands.

Featuring highlights from The Traprock Landscapes of New England: Environment, History, and Culture.

Landscapes of national significance, the traprock highlands of the Connecticut Valley are among the most beautiful natural features in the U.S. The rise of American landscape tourism and environmental conservation was greatly influenced by the artists and scientists working in the Connecticut Valley in the 19th century. Participants will gain an “insider’s view” of this unique region, including tales, legends, secret spots, and little-known local history. The effort to establish a Connecticut Valley National Heritage Corridor will be discussed.

A book signing will follow the lecture (cash or check only).

Sponsored by Berlin-Peck Memorial Library and the Berlin Historical Society.

About the Presenter

Peter M. LeTourneau, Ph.D., is the author of The Traprock Landscapes of New England. He has studied the geology and ecology of the Connecticut Valley for more than 20 years, including graduate work in earth and environmental science from Wesleyan and Columbia, and subsequent teaching and research. His continuing work on the Traprock Ridgelands combines his broad interests in science, natural history, and the arts.


Can’t make it? Watch online!

This program is in-person, but the presenter will also be live on Zoom. If you have never used Zoom before, it is very simple and user friendly. When you click the invite link, you will be prompted to open or install Zoom. We recommend installing Zoom on whichever device you will use (computer, smartphone, tablet) several hours or days before the program starts.

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