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May 21, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Woodbury Room
43 Amity St
Amherst, MA 01002
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The Mill River: History, Transformation, and Why it Matters

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Environmental historian John Sinton shares the history and impact of the Mill River in this presentation. His recent book "Devil’s Den to Lickingwater: The Mill River Through Landscape and History: tells the multifaceted tale of the Mill River in Western Massachusetts, from its emergence after the glaciers 20,000 years ago to the present. Co-sponsored by the Jones Library & Levellers Press.

About the speaker:
Born in San Francisco, John Sinton received a doctorate in Russian and Early Modern European history, and then went to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as a post-doctoral scholar in environmental planning, where he taught natural resource conservation. He then went to Stockton State College in southern New Jersey to help establish an environmental studies department, where he taught for many years. After retiring, he moved to Florence, Massachusetts, living some two hundred yards from the banks of the Mill River. He became an environmental activist and an integral part of the resurgent Connecticut River Conservancy, as well as an adjunct professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at UMass-Amherst.