Devil's Den to Lickingwater:
The Mill River Through Landscape and History
John Sinton's Devil's Den to Lickingwater is a comprehensive, carefully researched, and fascinating history of the Mill River, from its prehistory and geology, through its use by Native Americans, up through the industrialization of the area, and the diversion of the river into its present course in response to flooding . The book brings together geology, biology, history and politics, and is an invaluable addition to the natural and social history of the area we live in. There's no other book quite like it. John's encyclopedic knowledge of the area and his deep love for it shine through in this book.
John's presentation will focus on the early history of the Mill River and Native American perspectives on the Pioneer Valley, and how the river defined Northampton-- and why it matters.
John Sinton has a background in history and in environmental planning and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at UMass. Along with his wife Wendy, he co-authored The Boating Guide to the Connecticut River.