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Earth-based Writing program Dec. 15 in Petersham

  • The 1920 photo of Mystic Isle in Petersham's Connor's Pond is one of the images that has inspired local Earth writers and will be discussed during a program on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Petersham Library. The 1920 photo of Mystic Isle in Petersham's Connor's Pond is one of the images that has inspired local Earth writers and will be discussed during a program on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Petersham Library.


Thursday, December 06, 2018

PETERSHAM — Dr. Larry Buell and two other local writers will present the Earth-based Writing of the Quabbin Region program this month at the Petersham Memorial Library.

“As we begin to experience very trying times on Planet Earth from climate disruption and cultural fragmentation, we all must heighten our connection to our physical place,” stated Dr. Buell, “One way to connect to the unique Quabbin Region is to understand the amazing natural and cultural history that is preserved through pictures, artifacts, and writings. From the early Nipmuc cultural history in the Nichewaug section of Quabbin to the early 1900s "State-of-the-Art" Agricultural High School and Harvard Forest in Petersham to the rich cultural history of various villages to the extraordinary recent efforts to conserve land, we have a very rich history to document.”

The public is invited to attend to learn more of this history and ways to personally document the history you know. The Earth-based Writing of the Quabbin Region program will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1-3 p.m. at the Petersham Memorial Library and at 3:30 p.m. for a "Reading Aloud" session at the Petersham Country Store. Three key local writers will share their inspiration and techniques of writing; including, Allen Young, “North Quabbin Revisited;” Cathy Stanton, “A Quabbin Farm Album;”  and Larry Buell, “A Return to the Meadow: Images and Writings of Place.”

Join these writers to learn of their process of writing and gain instruction in Earth Writing techniques. According to program organizer, Larry Buell, "...the Quabbin Region has rich array of Earth and Place-based writing that has informed our present culture." Buell goes on to quote farmer/poet, Wendell Berry, who wrote, "...if you don't know where you are, you may not know who you are."  A free event is co-sponsored by the University of the Wild at Earthlands and the Petersham Historical Society with donations accepted. Contact: Dr. Larry Buell for information and registration: <larrybuell@earthlands.org> 978-724-0412 or visit: www.universityofthewild.org.

 

 

 

 

 


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