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Jeffrey H. Ryan Hiker Author Photographer Speaker Podcaster Director

Monson Summerfest – Featured Speaker

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Maine writer, historian and storyteller Jeffrey Ryan will share the story of the incredible Himalayan climbing expedition mounted in 1924 by Monson native Terris Moore. The peak of Minya Konka, which was rumored to be “higher than Everest” drew Moore and three fellow climbers to attempt the summit, a feat that required them to brave […]

The Olmsteds — How one family’s vision shaped Portland’s landscape

Frederick Law Olmsted’s direct involvement with Portland’s landscape was limited, but his influence is everywhere, thanks to the work carried on by his sons. Olmsted Senior’s belief that everyone could benefit from time in nature to recreate and reflect is manifest in every project he created, beginning with his first design — Central Park in 1858.

The Forest … and The Tree

Falmouth Nature Preserve ©2022 www.JeffRyanAuthor

How a patch of Maine forest brought enduring joy to a community and shaped a profession In 1710 — right about the time Queen Anne’s War was ending in Nova Scotia  — a pine tree sprouted in the rich woodland soil found near what would later be called the New England coast. The conditions could […]