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Author Kevin Gardner Shares History of New England Stone Walls

Brattleboro ~ University of New Hampshire professor Kevin Gardner will share the history of stone walls in New England in a talk at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro on January 8 at 7:00 p.m. His talk, The History and Structure of Stone Walls,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

New England has thousands of miles of stone walls. Gardner, an author and builder, will discuss the history of these walls and how they became a significant element of our landscape, all while building a miniature New England wall in the library.

Gardner is Vice Provost of Research and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Hampshire. Professor Gardner’s research focuses on human impact on the environment in the fields of sustainability, science, and engineering. He has specific expertise in the field of contaminates—found in everything from drinking water and waste water to the air we breathe. He is author of The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls and Stone Building: How to Make New England Style Walls and Other Structures the Old Way.

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in Brattleboro are held at Brooks Memorial Library unless otherwise noted. The program is free, accessible to people with disabilities and open to the public. See the full schedule of Brattleboro First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriter for the First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series is the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

The First Wednesdays 2019-2020 series in Brattleboro is underwritten by Chroma Technology Corp.

“The History and Structure of Stone Walls” is underwritten by Trow & Holden Company.

Brooks Memorial Library is sponsored by Against the Grain, Brattleboro Autobody & Detailing, Brattleboro Retreat, Everyone’s Books, GPI Construction, New ChapterThe Richards Group, The Vermont Country Store, Windham World Affairs Council

For more information, contact Brooks Memorial Library at 802.254.5290 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities

Vermont Humanities seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning.