History Bites | Branching Out: Preserving Tree History in the Era of Climate Change

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May 10, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT 06824 United States

Trees are often fundamental, if somewhat overlooked, parts of historical sites. Trees can be resources, part of a site’s historicity and interpretation, or part of a larger managed landscape. But in this era of climate change, they can also present a threat to buildings, landscapes, and archaeological resources. They can be historical objects themselves that convey stories, ideas,  memories, and values from the past. They are also critical soldiers in slowing climate change, and understanding their cultural, as well as environmental, value can support their preservation when superstorms, wildfires, and developments threaten rural and urban forests.


Free with Museum admission. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Co-sponsored by the Fairfield Forestry Committee and Pollinator Pathway


About the Speaker

Leah S. Glaser is a Professor of History and Coordinator of the Public History program at Central Connecticut State University. She serves on the State Historic Preservation Council and is the former President of Connecticut Preservation Action. She is the author of two books on energy, Electrifying the Rural American West: Stories of Power, People, and Place (2009) and Interpreting Energy at Museums and Historic Sites (2023). She is the co-editor of the forthcoming book, Branching Out: The Public History of Trees.


Image: Pinchot Sycamore, Simsbury, 2017