At noon on FridayNovember 18, environmental historian Erik Reardon will discuss his book, Managing the River Commons, which brings new emphasis to the role that river fish and fishing played in the settlement of New England. The seasonal fish runs were an important source of food for the settlers, and over time farmers banded together to protect the rivers from mills and dams which threatened the fish runs.

This talk will be at noon over Zoom, with the link

By the mid-nineteenth century, the farmers were fighting a losing battle against the industrial mills, but their struggles contain lessons for today’s environmental movement.

Erik Reardon received his PhD in 2016 from the University of Maine where he focused on New England’s environmental history and the historic dimensions of fisheries conservation in the region. He has taught as a Visiting Professor at Colby College and Bates College and recently directed a public humanities initiative for the Adirondack Experience Museum titled “Adirondacks for All: Identity & Environmental Justice in the North Country”.

Coming up in wo weeks: At noon on December 2, local antiquarian Jim Thomas will talk about old glass bottles, and the stories they can tell. This talk will be live in the Woodbury Room, and Mr Thomas will bring in examples of bottles from his collection for display.