A map is typically used to get from place to place. However, when looked at in another way, maps can give hints to a region’s history, including native American settlement patterns and infrastructure, early 19th century land speculation and development, and changing trade routes and economic activities. What’s the story behind such diverse place names as Seneca Castle / Kanadaseaga, Pultneyville, Angelica, Penn Yan, Retsof, Clifton Springs, and Batavia? Which areas were settled and prospered in different periods, how can one tell using clues on the landscape, and what historical developments and activities explain these differences? Students will leave this course equipped to better recognize and appreciate the historical stories that unfold out their window during their next drive through the Rochester region.
This class is appropriate for ages 14+.
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About the teachers:
Currently an associate preservation planner for The Landmark Society of Western New York, Tyler Lucero has connected people to our natural and human heritage as a interpreter at the Genesee Country Village & Museum, a science teacher in the Rochester City School District, a naturalist at West Irondequoit's Helmer Nature Center, and an interpretive ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. He studied geology and history at Brown University, and has traveled widely to wild and historic places across the United States, but loves the people, landscape, and history of his native Western New York best.
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