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What Makes Richmond Richmond?
by Brad Elliot
The Times Ink of Richmond & Huntington
February 2001

Richmond residents can get a close look at their town's natural and cultural landscape through the upcoming Richmond Geographic lecture series.

If you'd like to learn more about the fascinating natural and cultural history of the Richmond landscape, don't miss Richmond Geographic, a series of four free evening presentations this spring at the Richmond Town Center.

Co-sponsored by the University of Vermont, Shelburne Farms and the Richmond Conservation Commission, the presentations will take place from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Richmond resident Walter Poleman, a UVM professor specializing in landscape natural history, is coordinating the series.

The series begins on Thursday, March 8 with a presentation entitled The Story of the Richmond Landscape. Using a series of maps, historic photographs and geologic diagrams, Poleman and geographer Jane Dorney will weave together a pictorial timeline of the Richmond landscape - encompassing its geological origins, its importance to native peoples, and the impacts of European settlement and 20th-century land use.

On April 11, Dorney will focus on the legacy of 19th-century farming and settlement patterns in a presentation entitled Richmond's Cultural Landscape. Subsequent presentations will feature birds (May 23) and natural communities (June 13) that can be found on the local landscape.

Richmond Geographic is a pilot project of the PLACE Program (Place-based Landscape Analysis and Community Education), which is a collaborative effort of the UVM Naturals Areas Center and Shelburne Farms. The program also enables local teachers to earn credit at UVM by learning how to incorporate Richmond's natural and cultural history into their curricula and foster a deeper appreciation of the town's heritage and resources among their students.

For more information on Richmond Geographic, call 434-3543.

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