Lunch & Learn: The Great Covered Bridges of the United States and China

Lunch & Learn

The Great Covered Bridges of the United States and China

with Dr. Ronald G. Knapp

Thursday, October 24th
12:30 PM – Lunch (registration required)
1:00 PM – Dessert

Great timber covered bridges–strikingly beautiful and ostentatious–were constructed in the United States and China in the past with proportions—length and span—that far exceed those that survive today. This talk will draw upon old images, principally paintings and photographs that illustrate and contrast covered bridges seen today with those of centuries past.

Trained in geography and history at Stetson University and the University of Pittsburgh, Ronald Knapp has been carrying out research on the cultural and historical geography of China’s countryside since 1965 and more recently in the United States. He is the author, editor, or contributor of more than 20 books concerning China and Southeast Asia, several of which have been translated into Chinese and Japanese, as well as two books dealing with the United States.

Registration for lunch at 12:30 p.m. is required. All are welcome to join us for dessert at 1:00 p.m.

Funding for this and other Optimistic Aging programs is provided by the Northeast Dutchess Fund of  the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.