Henry Whiting and the Map of 1850

The landscape of Martha’s Vineyard—the shape of its coastline, the pattern of its forests, fields, and moorlands, the distribution of its roads, houses, villages, and stone walls—is a product of its past. To interpret the Vineyard today and anticipate future changes, we need to understand that history.

Among the best tools available is a map from 1850 created by Henry Whiting, a distinguished topographer with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey and co-founder of the MV Agricultural Society.

In this talk Dr. David R. Foster, director of the Harvard Forest and PHA research associate, will illuminate the history of the Vineyard landscape, the origins of the 1850 map, and its significance today.

Co-sponsored by the MV Agricultural Society.

Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 7:30pm

Agricultural Hall
35 Panhandle Road, West Tisbury, MA 02575

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