The Historical Society of Easton will offer a presentation on “Exploring Connecticut’s Natural Wonders: Contributions of Local People, Places and Discoveries to our Knowledge of Life on Earth” on Saturday, Jan. 12. The presentation will be given by Brendan Hanrahan from 2 to 3:30 in the Easton Library’s Community Room, 691 Morehouse Road.
This award-winning program focuses on the bounty of the state’s natural history. Much of the inspiration for the program can be traced to Connecticut-born Benjamin Silliman (1779-1864). When Silliman left New Haven for England in 1802 he sailed into the “Heroic Age of Geology,” a time when early concepts of earth’s history and natural science first took shape. The ideas Silliman brought back with him to Connecticut sparked a Grand Tradition of Exploration of local natural places — one that resulted in significant discoveries about geology, paleontology and ecology being made here ever since.
Mr. Hanrahan, publisher of the Great Day Trips series of guides to the state’s natural places, takes participants on a slide show tour of places where millions of years of natural history — and centuries of cultural history — come to life. The slide show tells seldom-heard tales of local people and discoveries that reveal how Connecticut may look tame but is actually a place where evidence of continental collisions, cataclysmic volcanism, ancient extinctions, and long-lost glaciers are easily explored.