All ages are invited to join us at the Lapham-Patterson House for a special weekday edition of Make History! Monday, March 20th for A Salute to Spring. March 20 is the vernal equinox, a day marking the start of spring and a day in which there are equal day and night hours. On this day each year, a unique phenomenon occurs on the third floor of the Lapham-Patterson House. Science, history, and creativity collide for a unique celebration of spring’s arrival. To view nature’s trick of light and shadow, please visit the Lapham-Patterson House between 2:30pm and 5:30pm. The peak viewing hour for the “Equinox Effect” is 3:30-4:30pm. In addition to viewing the light show, the event will include crafts and activities based on the science of the equinox. This event is presented at no charge and all are welcome. The Lapham-Patterson House is located at 626 N. Dawson St. This event will only take place if it is a clear sunny day.
On March 21, Shane Wellendorf, Conservation Coordinator at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy will share “Conserving the Magnificent Giants of the Red Hills,” a discussion about the history of private land conservation in the Red Hills region and how those efforts have protected local forests and the preservation of that ecological legacy for the future. Tall Timbers is nationally known for its prescribed fire and wildlife ecology research and has an accredited Land Conservancy that holds 130,593 acres of donated conservation easements and owns more than 12,000 acres of land in south Georgia and north Florida. Shane has worked for 11 years at Tall Timbers as a wildlife research biologist. In 2011, he transferred to the Land Conservancy and began working on conservation transactions and easement stewardship.