“A Layman’s History of Williamstown’s Trees” at Paresky Center Auditorium @ 11:00am, Sat, Jan. 18

W’town Rural Lands Foundation & Williams Outing Club present this lecture by Dustin Griffin:  “A Layman’s History of Williamstown’s Trees” on Sat., Jan. 18, 11:00 am at Paresky Center Auditorium, Williams campus.

The illustrated lecture begins with the accounts of early travelers in 18th century, continues through the clearing of land for farms, and subsequent reforestation when farms were abandoned, the loss of trees to natural as well as human causes, tree planting projects, and the heyday of Main Street as a leafy avenue lined with majestic elms. It includes stories of famous old trees and photos of many of the biggest surviving trees today.