Jay Heritage is offering a lecture this Sunday, March 17th, 2013 at 3:00 pm:
Representing the American Landscape: The People’s Parks
A Lecture by Charles Mitchell
FREE and Open to the Public – Sponsored by the NY Council for the Humanities
Drawing on visual images like paintings, illustrations and photography, explorers' accounts, the scholar's own explorations and other sources, this lecture explores the history of the park as landscape, retreat, resource, focusing on the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. Among the questions addressed: How did this place come to be "discovered," created, or identified? What were the forces behind this? How has the public been encouraged to visit or preserve the place? What are the management, ecological, and other issues that it currently faces?
Charles Mitchell has been on the faculty at Elmira College since 1993. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Lynbrook (on Long Island) he still occasionally refers to everything north of Yonkers as “upstate.” He teaches a wide variety of courses in American cultural history, with specific interests in environmental history, the history of ideas about nature, and the representation of the landscape in literature and art.
The program above is FREE and takes place at the 1907 Van Norden Carriage House. Seating is limited so reservations are suggested. Call (914) 698-9275 or email JHC Program Director Heather Craane at firstname.lastname@example.org.