Edward Hitchcock’s Mountain Mania, or How the Mountains Got Their Names
Dr Howell Chickering
Friday, September 8, 12:15PM
Strong House, 67 Amity St, Amherst MA
From the Holyoke Range to the Vermont border, many of the hills and peaks that we see around us were named by the fourth president of Amherst College, Edward Hitchcock. Their names are surprisingly diverse — Castor and Pollux, Bull Hill, Mount Norwottuck — and there is a story behind each one. After a brief account of Hitchcock’s extraordinary accomplishments, and his vigorous yet eccentric character, I will describe the circumstances by which he arrived at what he called his “denomination” of several of our local landmarks.
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.