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Zoom Event – Dr. Samuel Akerly and the Growth of Natural History on SI

Saturday, April 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Speaker: Naturalist and Curator Edward Johnson
Free “live” online, presentation

Dr. Samuel Akerly was the owner of the 1680s farmhouse in Eltingville that was bought by acclaimed landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted. Edward Johnson will discuss Dr. Akerly’s natural history activities at the house, while also sharing highlights about naturalists John J. Crooke and William T. Davis. Ed will conclude with a look at the life of naturalist Carlton Beil. Mr. Beil was the last owner of the Eltingville home we now call Olmsted-Beil House.

About the speaker: Edward Johnson is a Staten Island naturalist, who was the Curator, and eventually the Director of Science at the Staten Island Museum, recently retiring after 32 years of service. He has studied the natural history of Staten Island for over fifty years, and was the Staten Island compiler for the National Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count for 25 years. Ed also has an interest in local history, and, with his wife Leslie, served as caretaker of the historic Conference House from 1987-1988. In addition, he is also an adjunct lecturer at the College of Staten Island, teaching lecture and laboratory courses in geology. A native Staten Islander, Ed and his family currently reside in Westerleigh.

Registration Required

All who register will receive an invitation to the presentation that will be delivered using Zoom – a platform for video and audio conferencing. You can watch and listen to the live presentation and ask questions by typing them into a chat and the presenter will address them.

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Saturday, April 25
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm