Exhibit to be unveiled at Burroughs Field
Roxbury — A new outdoor exhibit will be unveiled Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m. at Burroughs Memorial Field State Historic Site in Roxbury, Delaware County.
The kiosk, first erected in the mid-1980s, has been redesigned with fresh photos and updated text interpreting the life and legacy of literary naturalist John Burroughs who is buried at the site.
A special address, “John Burroughs on Nature: Different Meanings for Different People,” will be offered by Tom Alworth, deputy commissioner of Natural Resources with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation which maintains Memorial Field and which designed and produced the new kiosk.
Alworth, a Burroughs scholar and a former executive director of The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development, will focus on Burroughs’ ideas about humans as filters through which nature is distilled. How has the natural world been viewed by poets, for example, or farmers, scientists, and teachers, and how do we interpret nature for our own sakes today?
Burroughs, one of this country’s most widely read nature essayists, was born April 3, 1837 on the family farm which then included what is now Memorial Field. The historic site features a large boulder, left by a glacier eons ago, where young John sometimes shirked his farm chores to pass the time observing clouds and birds, insects and wildflowers on his way to becoming the self-taught naturalist who would gain great fame later in life.
Just down the road from Memorial Field is Woodchuck Lodge, an 1860s-era farmhouse built by his brother Curtis, where John spent summers from 1910 to 1920. The Lodge will be open for free tours Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tours will be offered the first weekend of each month through October.
Memorial Field and Woodchuck Lodge are located on Burroughs Memorial Road, 2.5 miles off NYS Route 30, north of Roxbury (follow the signs).