Many thanks to all those who helped make our fifth season a great success, with each presentation drawing an audience of 60 or more and filling the library meeting rooms:

♦  To Marilyn Sherman and the staff at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library for hosting the events.

♦  To the three nonprofit groups that help organize the series and arrange for the speakers: Friends of Canonchet Farm, Narrow River Preservation Association, South County Museum.

♦  To Trio Restaurant, which donates gift certificates to Newport Restaurant Group eateries to thank our presenters.

♦  And of course, to our 2016 lineup of speakers:

January 31

Furniture maker Jeffrey Greene, author of American Furniture of the 18th Century: History, Technique, Structure, described “Furnishing the South County Plantation Homes.”

Visit the Jeffrey Greene Newport website to see his work.

February 28

Laura Myerson, Professor of Habitat Restoration Ecology in the Department of Natural Resources Sciences at URI and¬†Richard Enser, Ecosystem Biologist debated "Can We Go Back to the Future?" as they explored what does "Restoration Mean in the Age of Global Change”

March 20

Archaeologist Jay Waller wrapped up the series with "What R110 Tells us about the Native American Usage of the Natural Resources at Canonchet Farm." R110 is an archaeological site that rests on the upper portion of Salt Pond just south of Commodore Perry Highway and which is arguably the most significant pre-European contact Native American find on the East Coast.

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Revised March 25, 2016