The Human & Natural History of New England

Join us for this fascinating series of lectures in the month of March. From 19th century cemeteries to the summit of Mount Washington, each of our expert speakers will examine a different aspect of the geography and history of New England. 

Welcome to the Graveyard with the Gravestone Girls
Thursday, March 8th, 7:00 PM

A virtual tour of New England cemetery art, history and symbolism, examining why we have cemeteries and gravestones, why they look like they do and how styles and art have evolved over almost 400 years.

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Return of the Falcon
Thursday, March 15th, 7:00 PM

The dramatic decline of the peregrine falcon in the 20th century left New England without a single remaining nesting pair. Tom French,  Assistant Director of the Natural  Heritage  &  Endangered Species Program at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will discuss the restoration efforts that have led to the remarkable recovery of this amazing bird.

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Discovering New England Stone Walls
Thursday, March 22nd, 7:00 PM

Author Kevin Gardner will discuss how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape.

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Tales From the Home of the World's Worst Weather*
Thursday, March 29th, 7:00 PM

Join Mount Washington Observatory's Will Broussard for an investigation into the unique life and work of weather observers stationed at the observatory year-round. We will explore how the mountain's weather works and what it can tell us about New England’s own weather patterns.

*This program is supported by a grant from the Weymouth Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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