Image Credit: Cornelius D. Kriefhoff, The Storyteller, c. 1855-1860, Oil on canvas, 12 1/8 x 18 x 18 ¼ in. Museum purchase 78.951.FCorning, N.Y. - The Rockwell Museum of Western Art, located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York State, is presenting a lecture given by Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, Andrew Zepp.  The conversation will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Visions of the West gallery of the Rockwell Museum of Western Art.  Andrew Zepp will discuss the ever-changing character of the Finger Lakes. What was it like in the unbroken forests and patchwork savannahs that populated our rural landscape? Who were the people in the vast wilderness of glacial lakes before European settlement? What was the impact of agricultural and industrial development on the land? Join us for an evening of discovery and understanding of what may unfold in the awe-inspiring landscape of the Finger Lakes. The Finger Lakes Land Trust was founded in 1989 to protect those lands that define the character of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. To date, the Land Trust has protected more than 13,000 acres of the region's wetlands, forests, farmland, grassland, and gorges. Landscape of the Finger Lakes: Where it Began, Where it is Going Tuesday, March 5, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Members: Free, Not-Yet-Members: $10 Reservations Requested Click here for reservations or 607-974-2333 About Finger Lakes Land Trust - from http://www.fllt.org/ The Finger Lakes Land Trust was founded in 1989 to protect those lands that define the character of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. To date, the Land Trust has protected more than 13,000 acres of the region's wetlands, forests, farmland, grassland, and gorges. This has been accomplished through the establishment of nature preserves that are open to the public for quiet recreation, the use of conservation easements (voluntary agreements on private lands), and the provision of technical assistance and educational programs to local governments, landowners, and the public.

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Image Credit: Cornelius D. Kriefhoff, The Storyteller, c. 1855-1860, Oil on canvas, 12 1/8 x 18 x 18 ¼ in. Museum purchase 78.951.F Rockwell Museum of Western Art 111 Cedar Street, Corning, NY  14830 Contact:  Beth Manwaring ? 607.974.4254 ? manwaringb@rockwellmuseum.org