Maine author Rob Sanford, author of “Reading Rural Landscapes: A Field Guide to New England’s Past,” will give a talk Thursday, July 7, at 7 p.m. at Vose Library, 392 Common Road. The presentation will focus on common landscape features ranging from plants and trees; to stonewalls, cellar holes and other altered landforms that show the dynamics of human-influenced change in the countryside.

As a society, we know a great deal about famous people of the past, great historical architecture and important events of the past, but we are surrounded by common, everyday places that also represent history. These ordinary things are in danger of becoming forgotten, but they are accessible and interpretable … and they help us to understand the past.

This presentation is for anyone who is curious about the remnants and features of a bygone New England countryside. It will focus on some typical features and techniques for interpreting them as we process the “language” of the land in rural Maine. Participants are invited to share their own insights and experiences with local landscapes.

Sanford is chairman of the department of environmental science and policy at the University of Southern Maine. His presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call Vose Library at 785-4733.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.