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Eighteenth Century Green


On Sunday, June 20th the Bronck Museum will be offering the special content tour "Eighteenth Century Green." Many modern Americans strive to protect, conserve, recycle and make the best possible choices to live what is generally considered an ecologically friendly or "green" lifestyle. This is not a new concept, in many ways Americans who lived more than 200 years ago would put the efforts of modern Americans to shame. In many ways those living during the eighteenth century assessed and consumed available natural resources more efficiently than we do today. It is also unlikely that modern American recyclers will ever approach the level of recycling practiced in this county in the 1700s. The sometimes surprising story of how and why these earlier Americans practiced what we later Americans have come to call the "green" lifestyle proves, as is often the case, "what is old is new again."