WILLIAMSTOWN HISTORICAL MUSEUM EXPLORES HISTORY OF LOCAL ORCHARDS IN FREE LECTURE AT CLARK ART INSTITUTE

May 4, 2017

Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Williamstown Historical Museum presents a free, illustrated lecture entitled “An Overview of Kalarama Orchards: Geology, Ecology, History, and Conservation” on Saturday, May 20 at 10 am at the Clark Art Institute. The lecture will be held in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
 
Leading the detailed look at Kalarama Orchards, a little-known but noteworthy piece of property in the White Oaks/Sand Springs region of Williamstown, are Williams College Professor of Geosciences Ronadh Cox and the Samuel Fessenden Clarke Professor of Biology Henry Art. Local resident Patrick Quinn details how the area is significant to Williamstown’s history and presents stories about the orchard’s secrets, which include tales of scandal. Scott Hoover, the current owner of Kalarama Orchards, provides an account of the conservation of the property. 
 
ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS
 
Henry Art has been the Samuel Fessenden Clarke Professor of Biology at Williams since 1970. His long-term ecological research in the Hopkins Memorial Forest involves the investigation of changes in successional relationships among species comprising the various communities in the forest, as well as the extent to which natural and human-use disturbances have played a role in shaping the present patterns of communities and ecosystems.
 
Ronadh Cox received her bachelor’s degree from the University College Dublin and her PhD in geology from Stanford University. She is professor and Chair of Geosciences at Williams College, where she currently teaches courses in oceanography, earth resources, and sedimentology. Dr. Cox serves as a science editor at Geology.
 
Scott Hoover, a 1974 graduate of Colorado College, has combined roles as an independent scientist with entrepreneurial activities. His early botanical expeditions to numerous locations worldwide were conducted under the auspices of Harvard University’s Herbaria and Arnold Arboretum. In 1983, Hoover became a Fellow in The Explorers Club, a position he still holds. He is the current owner of Kalarama Orchards.
 
Patrick Quinn, a fourth-generation Williamstown resident, holds an undergraduate degree from Catholic University and graduate degrees from Antioch New England University and the University of Connecticut. Quinn, a retired psychiatric social worker, is a member of the board of the Williamstown Historical Museum, a member of the Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust, and president of the Board of Governors for the Williams College Faculty Club.
 
ABOUT THE CLARK
 
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
 
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
 
 
Press contacts:
Clark Art Institute
413 458 0471
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Sarah Currie
Williamstown Historical Museum
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