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McCauley Lecture March 2022

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Please join us on Monday, March 7 at 7 PM for an upcoming McCCauley Lecture presented by the Western Maryland Room.


Don Peterson graduated from Iowa State University, Ames in 1967, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. He has written 11 books and more than 500 articles on topics as diverse as the stamps and postal history of the Spanish period of the Philippine Islands, fish and wildlife issues, environmental law, Native Americans, and geology. This lecture will be based on his book, Indian Fish Traps in the Potomac River, Brunswick, Maryland: Second Edition (2020).


The book addresses Native American fish traps in the Middle Reach of the Potomac River, and provides detailed information on the two fish traps in the immediate Brunswick area. It discusses types of fish traps, when the fish traps were built, what the fish traps caught, and how they were constructed and operated.  It is also a story about the first residents of Brunswick, their fish traps, and the importance of the Potomac River in their lives. 


Please register in advance using our online calendar. Visit the Western Maryland Room page for more information about our history resources and to see upcoming lectures.