$10, Free to Members.
Post-talk Reception for Arboretum Members.
Where does the name Johnson come from, or for that matter Everson or Robinson? What ink did DaVinci, Bach and Jefferson dip their pens in? What voice warned Jason and the Argonauts of danger? What charcoal made the finest swords? What food did millions eat before the coming of agriculture? What contained the wine, the beer, the butter, the milk, the grain, the nails? What were the boats made of that found Vinland and the ships that first circled the globe? What made the first bridges and temples in the north? What was the substance of the great work of art of the Middle Ages? What was a key ingredient in leather boots, vests, saddle and reins? What word is the root for the word meaning door in every language of the West?
The answers to all these questions, and more, are the substance of William Bryant Logan’s hypnotic and absorbing OAK: The Frame of Civilization.
An award-winning nature writer and practicing arborist, Logan shows how deeply embedded is the oak in our history, our traditions, our names, our buildings, our travels, our food and even in our humanity. In telling the story of this remarkable tree, Logan combines science, philosophy, spirituality, and history with a contagious curiosity about who we are and why the world works the way it does.