Lecture on traprock ridges coming to Berlin library

Published on Sunday, 27 May 2018 21:21
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - The Berlin Historical Society will host author, educator and environmental scientist Peter LeTourneau for a talk on the traprock ridges of Berlin and the surrounding Connecticut Valley.

The lecture, “No Place Like Home: The World-Class Landscapes and Environmental History of the Berlin Region,” is set for Tuesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Berlin-Peck Memorial Library.

“Forged by nature and sculpted by time, the lofty traprock ridges in Berlin and the surrounding Connecticut Valley create an extraordinary landscape that has been celebrated by artists, outdoor enthusiasts, and scientists for generations,” an announcement stated.

LeTourneau,will argue that the rocky highlands are landscapes of national significance, “where the combination of geology, geography, water resources, climate and human settlement fostered vital developments in early American science, education, agriculture, manufacturing, technology, and the creative arts,” according to the announcement.

LeTourneau, of Meriden, is a research affiliate at Columbia University and a visiting scholar at Wesleyan University, and holds graduate degrees in earth and environmental science from both schools.

His studies on the Connecticut Valley have been widely published, as he has presented on it numerous times.

He was a founding member of the Geological Society of Connecticut, is an avider birder and enjoys landscape painting, according to the announcement.

The program will also include photographs by Robert Pagini, also of Meriden, an active member of the Meriden Land Trust who has presented for multiple organizations, has had photographs featured in several local and national publications and has won photography contests.

A cabinet maker, he was trained as a painter at the Paier School of Art in Hamden. He leads field trips, runs photography workshops and presents lectures for conservation organizations, according to the announcement.

After the lecture will be a reception and book signing. Pagini will also be present, with his photography, cosigning the book.

The lecture is free and will follow the Berlin Historical Society’s annual meeting at 6 p.m., to which the public is also invited.

Seating is limited and reservations are advised, by calling 860-828-7125.

The Berlin Historical Society is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization devoted to preserving and sharing Berlin’s rich cultural heritage through events, exhibits, and education programs that make the past relevant for all ages, according to the announcement. The BHS Museum is at 305 Main St. For more information, visit berlincthistorical.org, facebook.com/berlincthistorical, or call 860-828-5114.

Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or cpaullin@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, , Berlin on Sunday, 27 May 2018 21:21. Updated: Sunday, 27 May 2018 21:24.