Just the Facts

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Fishers Library
Fishers East

Event Details

If you enjoy reading nonfiction books (contemporary issues, history, politics, biography, etc…) then this is the group for you !!! We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Fishers Library. December 11: “Locust: the Devestating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier” by Jeffrey Alan Lockwood (623.726 Loc 2005): In 1876, the U.S. Congress declared the locust ?the single greatest impediment to the settlement of the country between Mississippi and the Rocky Mountains. Throughout the nineteenth century, swarms of locusts regularly swept across the American continent, turning noon into dusk, devastating farm communities, and bringing trains to a halt. The outbreaks subsided in the 1890s, and then, suddenly and mysteriously the Rocky Mountain locust vanished. A century later, entomologist Jeffrey Lockwood vowed to discover why. Locust is the story of how one insect shaped the history of the western United States. A compelling personal narrative drawing on historical accounts and modern science, this beautifully written book brings to life the cultural, economic, and political forces at work in America in the late nineteenth century, even as it solves one of the greatest extinction mysteries of our time.
Event Type(s): Book Discussion Groups
Presenter: Trudy Timkovich