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This researcher serves as both a consultant to and member of the project team with the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (PVMA), a nationally recognized history museum and library. PVMA is working in collaboration with institutional partners and other consultants on an ambitious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) preliminary planning grant (awarded in 2012) entitled “Impressions from a Lost World” under the Interpreting America’s Historic Places Planning Project program. With the focus to tell a compelling story about the early 19th century discovery of three-toed dinosaur tracks along a sixty-mile stretch of the Connecticut River Valley in Massachusetts and Connecticut, the innovative concept of a greenway plan as the vehicle to help relay this story is particularly exciting. The approach to the greenway concept with this project is unique because of the significance of the rich historic layers and the way they will be interpreted. This paper will convey the significance of the story of these early dinosaur track discoveries, so that the conceptual challenges to the future greenway planning process can be better understood. That process will also be guided by classic literature on greenways (Lewis 1964; Fabos 1996; Little 1990; Flink and Searns 1993).



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