Naturalist Peter Kalm
What was Saratoga like 270 years ago? Come to the Saratoga National Historical Park Visitor Center on Thursday, May 18, at 7:00 pm when Andrew Alberti will talk about the visit of Swedish naturalist Peter Kalm to this area. This is a joint meeting of the Old Saratoga Historical Association and the Stillwater Historical Society.
Thirty-three year old Professor Peter Kalm –an apostle of Carl Linnaeus, the father of modern taxonomy—was sent by the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences on a mission to the New World to make observations and collect seeds and plants, which would improve Swedish husbandry, gardening, manufacturers, arts and sciences. It was 1749 and Saratoga was little more than an outpost on the northern frontier of the British colonies of North America. Kalm was bound for New France and would need to cross more than 60 miles of wilderness before reaching the French outpost at Crown Point. This 45-minute presentation will explore the origins of Kalm’s expedition and his journey through the borderlands of Lakes to Locks Passage.
The Speaker will be Andrew Alberti, Program Manager of Lakes to Locks Passage, a nonprofit organization with the mission and vision to stimulate community revitalization and build a commitment to the stewardship of the region’s rich historic, cultural, recreational and natural resources. The presentation will serve as an introduction to a Peter Kalm interpretive trail centered at Hudson Crossing Park that will explore the physical, natural, and cultural landscape as observed by Peter Kalm and how the landscape has changed over time. The project is funded through a grant from the Department of Transportation Scenic Byway Program, the Town of Northumberland and Hudson Crossing Park.
For more information contact Deb Peck Kelleher, 698-3211.
Peter Kalm drawing of the Cohoes Falls