What did it take for our 18th century ancestors to catch a brown trout or rid their fields of varmints? European settlers followed in the footsteps of the Indigenous Peoples of New England and altered the landscape through agricultural practices. Dennis Picard, Living History Educator explains how these practices impacted New England’s flora and fauna then and to this very day. The talk includes an 18th century fowling piece, all its accoutrements, hand forged animal traps, hide boards, and handmade fishing gear, including linen line. Sponsored by Friends of Cossitt Library and Granby Land Trust.
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About the presenter:
Dennis D. Picard has been a museum professional in the living history field for forty years.
He began his career in 1978 at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and spent twelve years filling various positions including lead interpreter, where he researched and designed many public programs which are still offered by that institution today.
He also served on the staff of Hancock Shaker Village as a historic trade craftsman and site interpreter.
Picard is the recipient of various grants that allowed him to serve as project coordinator for research and implementation of programs and events at several historic sites and museums.
He has served as a consultant for many historical societies and museums. His museum experience afforded him the ability to author many articles on the lifestyles and folkways of New England. He has edited film scripts and reviewed historic novels for accuracy of content.
Picard held the position of Assistant Director and Director at several sites including Fort Number Four in Charlestown, New Hampshire and the Sheffield Historical Society in the Massachusetts Berkshires. He recently retired after 27 years at Storrowton Village Museum, West Springfield, Massachusetts.
During the 2017-2018 academic year Picard taught Museum Studies & Historic Site Interpretation at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Pioneer Valley History Network and a member of the editorial board of the Country School Journal.