Puget Sound prairie ecology, local archeology and how rural communities are coming together will be the topic of three upcoming free lectures at the historic Lord Mansion, starting March 12 at 211 21st Avenue SW in Olympia.
Evergreen will launch its new speaker series with three faculty members distinguished in their fields of study.
"We hope people will take advantage of this chance to hear some first-rate speakers talk on subjects of real interest to our region," said Evergreen's vice president for college relations, Sandy Kaiser.
The first in the speaker series is Dr. Zoltán Grossman, who will offer a keen look at how people with a deep love of place are coming together in rural communities in the Pacific Northwest and across the U.S. in a discussion of his book Unlikely Alliances: Native Nations and White Communities Join to Defend Rural Lands. Grossman will speak on March 12, from 6:30–8 p.m.
Dr. Frederica Bowcutt will give insight on how prairies and associated oak woodlands in the south Puget Sound or Salish Sea region host a suite of rare and unusual species of plants and animals, on April 9, from 6:30–8 p.m.
Dr. Ulrike Krotscheck, an archaeologist who has uncovered artifacts around the world, will discuss her Pacific Northwest digs, most recently on the site of the Bush Prairie Farm, on May 7, from 6:30–8 p.m.
The Legislature recently moved stewardship of the stately home to The Evergreen State College. In addition to renting the home for local functions, the college is using it to host this new lecture series, where Evergreen faculty share their research and knowledge with the community.
March 12, 6:30–8 p.m.
Unlikely Alliances: Native Nations and White Communities Join to Defend Rural Lands, Dr. Zoltán Grossman
April 9, 6:30–8 p.m.
“The Historical Ecology of South Sound Prairies,” Dr. Frederica Bowcutt
May 7, 6:30–8 p.m.
Washington state homesteads and local treasures of archeological digs, Dr. Ulrike Krotscheck.
All lectures are free and open to the public.