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New England Natives

New England Natives

A Celebration of People and Trees

Sheila Connor

ISBN 9780674613508

Publication date: 08/15/1993

Taking us back to the birth of New England’s forests, Sheila Connor shows us these trees evolving amidst a succession of human cultures, from the archaic Indians who crafted canoes from white birch and snowshoes from ash, to the colonists who built ships of oak and pine, to the industrialists who laid railroad tracks on chestnut timber, to the tanners who used hemlock bark to treat the leather required to shoe the Union army. In this engaging narrative, cultural history affords insights into forestry, botany, horticulture, and ecology, which in turn illuminate the course of human conduct in a wooded land. Beautifully written and lavishly illustrated, this book will delight readers with a special interest in the trees of the region, as well as those who wonder what our American culture owes to nature.


  • Connor’s learning is so lightly borne, so generously dispensed, that anyone who loves the arboretum itself, trees in general, American history, the development of botanical science and the story of New England’s people from archaic Native Americans to modern artisans, will want to read this book and admire its host of illustrations… An excellent book.

    —Boston Globe


  • Sheila Connor was, until her retirement, Archivist and Librarian at the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 312 pages
  • 8 x 11 inches
  • Harvard University Press