Keynote Speaker Series
“To the Moon and Back Again: The Space Race, Buffalo-Niagara and the Impossible Task”
Since President Kennedy’s 1961 call to land a man on the moon, the story of the Apollo program has been streamlined and mythologized. Seen now by many as a foregone conclusion, it is the one universally admired American accomplishment. This talk will place the space race into the context of the 1950s and 60s. It will show how Kennedy’s audacious timeline required remarkable teamwork and sacrifice, highlighting the critical contributions from the Buffalo-Niagara Region, and it will try to explain why the moon landings did not lead to other manned space exploration.
“Garden Myth Busting: How to Weed Through the Internet”
Save time, money, and your back when Carolyn separates gardening fact from fiction when she presents “Garden Myth Busting: How to Weed through the Internet”. Science has evolved, but the Internet keeps spreading garden myths that cost you time, money, and can harm your landscape. This talk will help you understand what works and what doesn’t in a science-based, environmentally friendly and fun talk focusing on sustainable best practices for your home garden. You might be surprised. Join us for a plant scientist’s look at the gardening do’s and don’ts going viral on Facebook, Pinterest, and other gardening websites. Your gardening questions will be answered as time allows.