William Flynt, Historic Deerfield
Telltale Timbers: a New England Dendrochronology primer
Friday, February 19, 12:15 p.m.
Simeon Strong House, 67 Amity Street, Amherst, MA
A sample (not from New England) showing what dendrochronology can identify.
Dendrochronology is the scientific method of dating wood based on the analysis of patterns of tree rings. It can be used to date the timber used in wooden structures, like the Simeon Strong House. Of particular importance is the ability to ascertain the precise date that a tree was felled, thus providing the earliest possible date for the construction of a house or other structure. Mr. Flynt will discuss the application of this science in the study of structures at Historic Deerfield and throughout New England. If Community Preservation Act funds are forthcoming, he will be studying the Simeon Strong House in the coming year helping us date more precisely when the house was built.
William Flynt has been the architectural conservator at Historical Deerfield since 1979. A graduate of Deerfield Academy and Williams College, with a master of science degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont, he oversees research and preservation of the museum’s historic structures and serves as a consultant to several organizations throughout New England. Among the projects at Historic Deerfield that he has supervised is the restoration of the Hinsdale and Anna Williams House and architectural reinterpretations of the Wells-Thorn house, Sheldon House, and Barnard Tavern. In a very different role, he oversaw the construction of the Flynt Center of Early New England Life which features major exhibitions and “open storage” of museum collections, and the Deerfield Inn reconstruction after the flooding from Hurricane Irene.
Join us with your lunch in hand. We will provide coffee, tea and cider for you as you listen to the presentations. The 30-minute program will begin promptly at 12:15 with seating and beverages ready just before noon. The lectures are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
March 4: Steve Strimer, Ruggles Center: Prudence Crandall, Lydia Maria Child & the Roots of Utopia in Florence, Massachusetts
March 18: Rachel Mustin, South Amherst: A History of the South Amherst Common
April 1: Ann Tweedy, Amherst BID: Shays Rebellion and the Dickinson Family
April 15: Tim Barker, UMass: Archeology at the Strong House
April 29: Rebecca Fricke, Sally Dillon & Flo Rosenstock, Western Massachusetts Fiber Artists: An exhibition of work inspired by the AHS Collection