They were standing around in Lexington when Daniel Boone first slipped through Cumberland Gap into the wilderness that became Kentucky.
Despite the passage of well over two centuries a significant number still stand today.
We’re talking about trees, which are the subject in the next installment LexHistory Talks!, the Lexington History Museum’s free speakers’ series.
The speaker is Dr. Tom Kimmerer, the author of Venerable Trees: History, Biology and Conservation in the Bluegrass.His talk is 3 to 4 p.m. September 30 at the Lexington Public Library’s Tates Creek Brach, 3628 Walden Drive. The talk is free and open to all.
In addition to being an author, Dr. Kimmerer is a scientist and photographer. He was a University of Kentucky professor and has taught at universities in the U.S., Malaysia (where he was a senior Fulbright scholar) and Indonesia. He now works as a conservation consultant.
Dr. Kimmerer points out that trees are the longest-lived organisms on the planet. Many have histories stretching back for hundreds or thousands of years. Trees still shading Lexington predate the existence of the city and even of the United States. Dr. Kimmerer will explain why these trees were growing here, why settlers kept so many of them, and what lies ahead for them. For information on Dr. Kimmerer's work, visit www.venerabletrees.com or www.kimmerer.com.