Thursday, June 9th | 7:00pm-8:30pm | The History Behind The Rochester Region’s Geography


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.

This class is appropriate for ages 14+.

This class will take place online through Zoom. Links for Zoom classes will be sent 1 hour prior to the start of class. If you do not receive your link, please check your spam or submit an email through our contact page.

Live subtitles will be available upon request during this class. If you prefer a sign language interpreter, please fill out our contact form. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).

About the teacher:
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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