Thursday, October 23, 2008

Much Ado About Nothing: Emily Dickinson Museum Landscape Restoration

A report in the Gazette this week seeks either to bring basic news to the public or to create a controversy that does not exist (depending on one's view of the local press):

Monday, October 20, 2008>

AMHERST - More than 200 large hemlocks that surround the Emily Dickinson Museum property could be cut down to make way for the installation of a historically accurate hedge.

Tentative plans (for nothing is set) of the Emily Dickinson Museum (full disclosure: my wife is the Executive Director), in the context of its historic landscape restoration plan, involve simple restoration of the landscape that the owners knew and desired. That shouldn't really be very controversial, except among those who have no real sense of history and historical perspective.

A full report will follow this weekend.

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