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Apples, Lecture, Cider Tasting Reception
May 3 at 6:00 pm–8:30 pm
Rowan Jacobsen, James Beard award-winning author and MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow, will present on the horticultural and cultural history of the apple, followed by a reception with heirloom apple cider-tasting from Vermont’s Eden Specialty Ciders. Originally from the mountains of Kazakhstan, apples have seduced bees, intoxicated monks, nourished colonists, and inspired artists from Paul Cézanne to Rudolf Blaschka, who created Harvard’s collection of botanically precise glass apples (now on view in the Glass Flowers gallery). Rowan will discuss his book, Apples of Uncommon Character, and explore the surprising ways in which the apple has shaped New England history and art.