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A Cultural History of Trees in America

Schedule and Location

Two Wednesdays, October 9 and 16, 2019, 9:30 a.m. to noon
Cudahy Room, Administration Building

Fees and Registration

$55.00 member
$65.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Discover and delight in the many ways trees have shaped the history of the United States, from industry and economics, to politics and war, to culture and literature. Trees are an indispensable part of America; they were critical components of ships, railroads, rifles, wagons, and planes. Trees were symbols of liberty and resistance. They did inspire and continue to inspire literature, art, and American poetry.  Learn about orange groves, the American chestnut tree, and the ginkgo--the Arboretum's symbolic tree!  Weather permitting, each class will begin in the collections, to see and interact with the trees that have shaped us. Then return to the classroom to enjoy lively discussion. Come and see American history through its trees!

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Cindy Crosby, writer, natural history instructor, prairie steward

Cindy Crosby is the author, co-author, or contributor to more than 20 books; her most recent is "Tallgrass Conversations: In Search of the Prairie Spirit" (with Thomas Dean). She is also the author of "The Tallgrass Prairie: An Introduction" (Northwestern University Press). Cindy received her Masters in Natural Resources from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2014, and  is a trainer for the National Association of Interpretation, helping naturalists and cultural history interpreters become certified as guides. She is the steward for the Schulenberg Prairie at The Morton Arboretum, and coordinates dragonfly monitoring programs at the Arboretum, and Nachusa Grasslands in Franklin Grove, IL. Cindy blogs weekly at "Tuesdays in the Tallgrass at Wordpress", and speaks and teaches in the Midwest on natural history subjects. Read more at www.cindycrosby.com.

Course Details

Notes: The book American Canopy, by Eric Rutkow, is required for this course.  You can find this book at most libraries, online, or at the Arboretum Store. Limit 20

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A Cultural History of Trees in America