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Grange Lyceum: The “Invention” of the American Wilderness
February 25, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm| $5
Lyceums flourished in the United States from the mid-19th century and were important in the development of adult education. Lecturers, musicians, singers and readers traveled the “lyceum circuit,” going from town to town to entertain, speak, or debate. The current Lyceum Series at the Grange continues this tradition with lectures and programs of interest to the community. (Whallonsburg Grange)
The “Invention” of the American Wilderness, with Andy Buchanan, lecturer in History at University of Vermont
The idea of wilderness is relatively recent. This presentation will look at how that idea developed; the “strenuous life” ideal of Theodore Roosevelt and how it dovetailed with the rise of American imperialism; and the role of environmentalists like John Muir in its invention.