The Witness Tree Project


Nightingale-Brown House

Join us for a presentation of The Witness Tree Project, facilitated by Daniel Cavicchi and Dale Boholm. Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in conjunction with the National Park Service (NPS) has developed a new collaborative model for teaching and learning, called the "Witness Tree Project". Witness trees are long-standing trees that have "witnessed" key events, trends, and people in American history; the Project arranges for fallen witness trees to be shipped from the NPS to RISD, where, in a joint history seminar and furniture studio, students interpret the history the tree "witnessed" and make relevant objects from the tree's wood. The Witness Tree Project is a powerful example of how collaborative work among historians, curators, designers, and historic sites might enhance the role and educational value of American history.

About the facilitators:
Daniel Cavicchi
is Associate Professor of American Studies and Interim Dean of Liberal Arts at Rhode Island School of Design. A cultural historian, his most recent book is Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum.

Dale Broholm is a Senior Critic in the Department of Furniture Design at Rhode Island School of Design. When not instructing he is working in his furniture studio south of Boston.


Pre-registration required.  Register here.