2010-01-07 / News

Thorson to speak about New England stone walls

“To know New England well, one must know its stone walls,” writes Robert M. Thorson in his regional best seller, “Stone by Stone: The Magnifi cent History in New England’s Stone Walls.”

Thorson’s talk will explore what stone walls tell us about New England’s history, culture, environment, ecology and economy, with special attention paid to Rhode Island.

“Kentucky has its caves, Florida its coral reefs, Louisiana its bayous, Arizona its arroyos, Washington its volcanoes, Minnesota its lakes, and New England its stone walls. The landscape would simply not be the same without them.”

Thorson, professor of geology at the University of Connecticut, will weave together cultural and environmental histories with geography and natural science to tell the story of the walls and how they were built as the second speaker in the 2010 Newport Art Museum Winter Lecture Series on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Museum’s Griswold House at 76 Bellevue Ave.

A tea reception follows the talk. Cost is $10 for Newport Art Museum members; $15 for non-members. Seating is limited. Tickets will be sold at the door, and no reservations will be accepted.

Attendees are encouraged to bring cans of soup for the Museum’s Art for Soup food drive. Donations will go the R.I. Community Food Bank.

Call 848-8200 or visit www.NewportArtMuseum.org for more information.

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