The American Chestnut has iconic, if not mythological, status in the American memory, particularly in the Appalachian region. These trees towered over the mountain landscape of the east for centuries as the dominant hardwood species. Its wood was used for everything from furniture to fence rails, and the its nuts fed both people and livestock. The blight that killed-off the American Chestnut in the twentieth century is regarded by many, scientists and laymen alike, as one the greatest natural tragedies in American history. This series will raise public awareness of the importance of this tree species to frontier culture when it was thriving, and of the efforts now under way to restore it to its natural habitat.
All Lectures will take place in the Dairy Barn Lecture Hall
Tuesday February 18, 2014 7:00pm
Donald Davis – “Giving Character to the Landscape: Finding Chestnuts in American Frontier History
Tuesday February 25, 2014 7:00pm
John Scrivani – “How Chestnut Acquired and Lost Keystone Species Status.”
Tuesday March 4, 2014 7:00pm POSTPONED – MARCH 18
Tuesday March 11, 2014 7:00pm
Ralph Lutts – “Chestnut Trade in Southwestern Virginia.”
Tuesday March 18, 2014 7:00pm
Harmony J. Dalgleish – “The Ecology of American Chestnut Restoration.”
The 2014 Winter Lecture Series is dedicated to long time retiring employee Mark Gatewood.
The 2014 Winter Lecture Series Sponsors – Stonewall Jackson Hotel, Blue Ridge Lumber, ArborLife and The American Chestnut Foundation.