Landscapes of Hope - 150th anniversary of Man & Nature

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"Marsh's Man and Nature marked the inception of a truly modern way of looking at the world, of thinking about how people live in and reacted on the fabric of landscape they inhabit...Marsh showed how human culture acted in and reacted on a ramified web of plants and animals, soils and waters."

Landscapes of Hope
Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Man and Nature 1864-2014
Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
and Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, Vermont

Join us to celebrate the legacy of George Perkins Marsh, author of the first American book on land stewardship, Man and Nature. This two-day celebration will explore the impact of Marsh's work, and inspire and engage those who continue the legacy of caring for the land and the communities that it supports. (PLEASE NOTE: 2-day event takes place both at the Park and the Billings Farm.)

Keynote speaker David Lowenthal, is Marsh's biographer, author of George Perkins Marsh: Prophet of Conservation, and is Emeritus Professor University College of London. He is known for his deep explorations of cultural heritage and the human relationship to landscape.

Billings Farm & Museum Visitor Center
, November 21, 2014, 6 p.m.
Man and Nature at 150: Past, Present and Future
♦ A talk by David Lowenthal
♦ Reception and book signing begins at 5 p.m.
Seating is limited, Reservations required.

Billings Farm & Museum Visitor Center
, November 22, 2014, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Conservation Conversations
9 a.m. - noon

A dialogue of hope and inspiration for stewardship today with Marta Ceroni of Green Compass, David Lowenthal, Ginny McGinn of Whole Communities, Sally Miller of Sustainable Woodstock and others - followed by an afternoon of guided hikes and programs exploring the birthplace of George Perkins Marsh and stewardship in practice.
Seating is limited. Reservations required.

Saturday Guided Hikes: 1 - 3 p.m.
♦ Ideas Take Root: Take a walk in the managed forests inspired by Marsh's teachings and explore how his work still influences forest management today. With Kyle Jones, the park's Natural Resource Manager.
♦ Sustainability at the Homestead Today: Explore the green building and sustainable features of the park: The Forest Learning Center, solar and garn heating systems, and composting operations. With park Facilities Manager John Gilbert.
Mansion Tour: Explore a 19th century Victorian mansion, boyhood home of George Perkins Marsh, and later, home to the Billings and Rockefeller families, all who left a legacy of conservation on this landscape.

To RSVP, please email Jo Anne at e-mail us.

♦ In partnership with the Billings Farm & Museum, Sustainable Woodstock, the University of Vermont ♦

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Other Related Events:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6 p.m.
University of Vermont, North Lounge, Billings Library
Vermont as Genius Loci: the Marshes & UVM
G.P. Marsh and his first cousin James Marsh, fifth president of UVM, made major contributions to scholarly thought in the nineteenth century. This lecture will examine the legacy of the Marsh cousins and their impact on the University of Vermont. Reception immediately following the lecture.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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