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Robin Grossinger and Ruth Askevold: "Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas: Exploring a Hidden Landscape of Transformation and Resilience" 

When: Fri., March 30, 7:30 p.m. 2012

If you've grown up in California, or consider yourself a state aficionado, you may think you know our beaches, coastlines, rivers, wetlands, and golden valleys. But guaranteed -- they've changed, and will continue to do so. So what can history teach us about preserving and designing for the future? A lot. Learn from two masters: Robin Grossinger, director of the San Francisco Estuary Institute's Historical Ecology Program, and Ruth Askvold, a cartographer and designer with the organization, when they present their Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas: Exploring a Hidden Landscape of Transformation and Resilience. The atlas, a re-envisioning of early Napa Valley circa 1800, was pieced together from rarely-seen historical maps, travelers' accounts, photographs, and paintings. At Mrs. Dalloway's (2904 College Ave., Berkeley) on Friday, Mar. 30. 7:30p.m., free. 510-704-8222 or MrsDalloways.com

— Alison Peters

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