Lynda Mapes, author of "The Witness Tree"

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Museum on Main Street

Crossroads is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Event Details

Join us as the Athol Public Library welcomes Lynda Mapes, journalist for the Seattle Times and author of several books including Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak. The tree that inspired the book is the world’s first tweeting tree and resides at Harvard Forest in Petersham.

The actual tree is a red oak tree living on the property of Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA.  The tree is the oldest tweeting tree in the world.  The brainchild of Tim Rademacher and his team at the Harvard Forest, sensors transmit data that tracks everything from growth rate to temperature to sap rise, and posts tweets that allow a look into the day-to-day life of a tree, while a camera catches any wildlife visitors to the tree. 

Lynda will talk about “the tree”, her year spent at Harvard Forest learning the tree’s story, and writing Witness Tree, accompanied by photos of and from the tree.

Free and open to the public, this event is made possible by a Museum on Main Street grant via the Smithsonian Institute.

Registration required.  Call 978-249-9515 to reserve your spot.

Free and open to the public.
Registration is required.
Register by calling 978-249-9515



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