March 6, 2024

Dutchess Land Conservancy

Wednesday, March 6, 6:00 PM EST Online Event

Join Dutchess County Historian Will Tatum as we discover the history of land use revealed in historical records.


Since documentation of land use began during the colonial period, the landscape of Dutchess County has undergone significant changes due to the impact of settlement and economics. From the wheat farms of the eighteenth century to the dairy and iron industries of the nineteenth century, these different ventures have left distinct marks on the landscape that can still be seen with a careful eye today. Join Dutchess County Historian William P. Tatum III, Ph.D., for a curated journey through three centuries of land use in Dutchess and discover the bewilderingly rich records preserved at the Dutchess County Clerk's Office and elsewhere that allow us to reconstruct past vistas of the county.

William P. Tatum III has served as Dutchess County Historian since October 2012. He holds a BA in History from the College of William & Mary in Virginia and a MA and PhD in History from Brown University. As Dutchess County Historian, Will designs exhibits, conducts archival projects, and presents public programming. He also coordinates the county history community, which includes local historians, historical societies, preservation groups, and state and federal historic sites. Will is a long-time contributor to the Dutchess County Historical Society Yearbook and has published and presented on wide-ranging topics including business history, the development of the municipal landscape, crime and the courts, and poor relief.

The DLC's Earth Matters webinar series is sponsored by LaBella Associates.

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