Harvard Conservation Trust Annual Meeting

Guest Speaker Lindsay Randall, Expert on Local Indigenous Peoples

Harvard, MA and the broader Nashoba Valley have a deep and rich indigenous history that spans over 15,000 years to the present day.  HCT is pleased to announce that Lindsay Randall, Curator of Education and Outreach at the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology at Phillips Academy, is the keynote speaker for the Harvard Conservation Trust’s annual meeting this November.  A passionate archaeologist and educator, Lindsay uses material objects to bring historic cultures to life. She will explore the fascinating history of Native Americans in and around Harvard, focusing on how the geographical landscape shaped their way of life. Throughout the evening, the audience will have an opportunity to examine real and reproduction artifacts.

We will also highlight the success of the HCT-Bromfield Community Service Collaboration, featuring the great work of the Bromfield stewards-in-training for Harvard’s trails.

This is an in-person event for HCT members and parents of Bromfield students only. Please register using the link below.  We ask that attendees be vaccinated and require everyone to wear a mask.  Not a member yet and want to attend? Visit harvardconservationtrust.org/join.

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 17, at 7 pm
Place: Harvard Historical Society, 215 Still River Road, Harvard, MA

Please register at bit.ly/HCTannualmeeting by November 15th.

Video: Mysteries of Harvard’s Stone Walls Solved

Watch Prof. Robert Thorson’s Presentation On Stone Walls.

The Harvard Conservation Trust is excited to share the video of last week’s Speaker Series: Mysteries of Harvard’s Stone Walls Solved.  Prof. Robert Thorson helped us understand why New England is only place in the US you find over stone walls. We have over 240,000 miles of stone walls.  This video will help you further understand the archeologic, historic and folk art importance of the stone walls to Harvard’s history, and the important steps that our community can take to preserve them.

Here is what some participants had to say:

“Thanks to everybody on the Outreach committee for pulling together tonight’s event! It was excellent. Packed in more than I could possibly digest but got me excited to learn more!”

“Great lecture on stone walls last night….great offering by the Harvard Conservation Trust.  Cheers!”

The Harvard Conservation Trust hopes that you will enjoy this video.  Please consider supporting our efforts to preserve Harvard’s landscape and natural beauty.  It is your support that makes it possible for HCT to bring presentations like this to you.  Visit www.harvardconservationtrust.org/join to become a member.

HCT Speaker Series: Harvard’s Stone Wall Mysteries Solved

Join Geologist and New England’s expert on stone walls, Dr. Robert Thorson, as he decodes mysteries from the thousands of stones that make up stone walls laid by colonists, Native Americans & enslaved people. Thorson writes “[Stone walls are] a visceral connection to the past. They are just as surely a remnant of a former civilization as a ruin in the Amazon rain forest.” Professor Thorson reveals why New England is uniquely situated to be the quintessential landscape for stone walls and the work that communities are doing to preserve them.

Have questions about Harvard’s old stone walls? Professor Thorson will join us on September 28, 2021 at 7:00 pm for an interactive Zoom presentation. During the second half of his presentation, he will examine several evocative images from Harvard, showing what local “wall-watchers” might see that “bird-watchers” might not. A question and answer session will be offered at the end of the presentation.

Click here to register for Harvard’s Stone Wall Mysteries. This is a free event, but you must register by September 25 to attend. You will receive an online invitation with Zoom login details two days prior to the event.

About Professor Robert M. Thorson
Dr. Robert M. Thorson is a Professor of Geology at the University of Connecticut, the author of seven books including Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America’s Kettle Lakes and Ponds; The Guide to Walden Pond, Walden’s Shore: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Science, Exploring Stone Walls, and Stone by Stone: The Fascinating History in New England’s Stone Walls, and the coordinator of the Stone Wall Initiative, New England’s premiere resource for historic stone walls.

Hike HCT’s Storybook Trail featuring The Gruffalo

Experience “The Gruffalo” at HCT’s Storybook Trail!

When: August 13th – September 6th from dawn ’til dusk

Where: Start at the Burgess-Brown Land trailhead entrance at the end of Murray Lane in Harvard, MA

Cost: Free of charge


Ideal for young readers of all skill levels, the storybook trail at Brown Burgess Land offers an opportunity to experience a children’s story while wandering along a ½ mile path through the woods. Join us for the first time or return to experience this trail again and again in all its summer glory!

About the Gruffalo
The Gruffalo, written by Julia Robinson, is a playful and beloved story about a clever little mouse and a monster in the woods. When mouse goes for a walk in the forest, he invents tales of a fantastic creature called a Gruffalo to scare off his enemies. Imagine his surprise when he meets a real Gruffalo!

Walking The Burgess-Brown Trail
The walking loop at Brown Burgess land (http://www.harvard-trails.com/brown.html) is an enchanting one for hikers of all ages, offering new discoveries around every corner. The trail begins by crossing a meadow with vestiges of old apple trees and a small pond. You then enter piney woods and pass by a spectacular glacial erratic rock structure which triggers the imagination of young ones. Mysterious stone piles and stone walls along the walk remind us how this forest was once farmed land.

Tell Us About Your Experience
We hope that the story book trail offers a new adventure and way to experience our beautiful town for you and your little ones! Please share your feedback and photos by emailing us at sights@harvardconservationtrust.org.