Department of Geography,
The Genesee Oaks and the Palimpsest Nature of Landscape Change
Friday, November 1, 2013, 3:15 p.m.
(INSIDE GIAL COMPUTING LAB)
A story of landscape change in Geneseo, New York, this presentation focuses on the entwined natural and cultural history of the area’s landmark oak trees. In part, this work confirms a canon of local history: through more than two centuries of occupation, Geneseo’s private developers, the Wadsworth family, have protected the area’s majestic oak trees and shaped a renowned pastoral countryside. Also revealed, however, is the essential influence of earlier indigenous occupation of this landscape, conditio sine qua non in the development of the picturesque Genesee Valley. Archival material including frontier-era eyewitness accounts and historical landscape commentaries; pioneer land survey notes; as well as evidence drawn from archaeological study and from the cultural landscape itself; confirm the existence of a Seneca-maintained oak savanna on the slopes of the middle Genesee Valley prior to Euro-American settlement. The traces of this ancient open woodland, the Genesee Oaks, were protected on Wadsworth properties where they became inscribed into a 19th century manorial landscape. This presentation shows that the Genesee Oaks are the essential elements of a complex landscape palimpsest, a powerful but inadequately theorized metaphor for landscape change.
BIO I am a cultural and historical geographer (Ph.D. University of Oklahoma, 2001) whose scholarship deals, most broadly, with human-environment interactions. My theoretical interests tend to center around place and identity. Methodologically I am drawn to qualitative research, particularly historical and ethnographic inquiry. My topical interests are many but industrial landscapes, with an emphasis on primary industries, and landscape history dominate. My regional specialty is Canada
My early academic career was focused on completion of my first book, Hard as the Rock Itself: Place and Identity in the American Mining Town (2006), University Press of Colorado, and ancillary research projects. I have broadened my research agenda more recently, conducting and publishing research on landscape history and open space resources in the Geneseo region, and trends and issues in Canadian Studies. I have taught a broad range of classes at SUNY-Geneseo including courses in Geography, Environmental Studies, and Study Abroad.
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