Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape

November 20, 2016

Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape

Jill Jonnes, PhD, Historian and Journalist
Thursday, December 8, 7:00–8:30pm
Location: Hunnewell Building
Trees, nature’s largest and longest-lived creations, play an extraordinarily important role in our cityscapes. These living landmarks define space, cool the air, and connect us to nature and our past. Today, four out of five Americans live in or near cities, surrounded by millions of trees that make up urban forests. But most of us take them for granted and know little of their natural history or civic virtues. Jill Jonnes will speak about the history of the tree in American cities over the course of the past two centuries, delving into the presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, and nurserymen—whose arboreal passions have shaped and ornamented the nation’s cities.

Fee Free member and student, $10 nonmember
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