A map is typically used to get from place to place. But maps can also provide context about our region’s history, including Native American settlement patterns and infrastructure, early nineteenth century land speculation and development, and changing trade routes and economic activities. What’s the story behind location names like 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? Leave this course equipped to better recognize and appreciate the historical stories that unfold outside your window every time you drive through the Rochester region.
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Meet the Teacher
Tyler Lucero has connected people to our natural and human heritage as an 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.
One of Rochester’s most distinctive buildings, Warner Castle is located in Highland Park. Built in 1854, the residence was modeled after a Scottish castle. Today the Castle is the home of The Landmark Society of Western New York and offers a strategic opportunity for the sensitive redevelopment and re-use of a unique property located in the city’s oldest park.