WILLIAMSTOWN -- The history of the Hoosic River will be the subject of a free lecture on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. at the David & Joyce Milne Public Library.
Sponsored by the Williamstown Historical Museum, the talk by Lauren Stevens, a local author, is the first in a series of three scheduled for this fall.
"With climate change upon us, we forget our river at our peril," Stevens said. "The Hoosic River is the reason our town and others in Massachusetts, Vermont and New York are located where they are. Indian paths, carting roads, railroad lines and trolley tracks followed the river’s level route."
A former dean of freshmen at Williams College, Stevens founded The Advocate newspaper and the Hoosic River Watershed Association. He is the author of six books, most of which are about Berkshire County. Stevens also co-edited "Williamstown: The First 250 years" for the Williamstown Historical Museum.
The museum was founded in 1941 and is located in the Milne Public Library. The museum conserves and protects historic items related to Williamstown’s past.
The WHM includes more than 200 contributing members. It is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment by calling 413-458-2160.
For more information: williamstownhistory.com.