America's early naturalists

Mar 23, 2014
Picture from Patrick Campbell's Travels in North America (1793).

Camden — Historian Richard Judd will lead a presentation on America’s early naturalists at Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, April 1, at noon.

In the years spanning 1790 to 1840, hundreds of naturalists traversed the North American wilderness. Judd’s talk will relate how these first literate encounters with the interior continental wilderness provide both a comprehensive American natural history and witness to the transformation of the Ohio Valley from closed-canopy forest to a landscape of pastures and open fields. These reports reveal some of the first understandings of environmental attitudes and conservation in American history.

Judd is the Col. James C. McBride Professor of History as well as the chairman of the History Department at the University of Maine.

He teaches courses in environmental, urban, and industrial histories, as well as the history of Maine. He received his doctorate from the University of California Irvine in 1979.

This talk part of the 2014 Winter Talk series at Merryspring, co-sponsored by Allen Insurance and Financial and The First. Merryspring is located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford Super Market plaza.

Admission to Tuesday Talks is free for members of Merryspring, with a $5 fee for non-members.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.