Dinner and Lecture by Bill Thomas, Ph,D., Scientist and Explorer

On Saturday January 20, 2018 the Columns will kick off the New Year with dinner and a lecture by Bill Thomas. Bill earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. Since 1988 with funding from the National Geographic Society, Conservation International, the Indo-Pacific Conservation Alliance, the Explorers Club and the Porgera Joint Venture, He has worked in some of the most remote regions of Papua New Guinea to record local environmental knowledge. Bill is currently the Director of the New Jersey School of Conservation at Montclair State University. In 2005, during an expedition sponsored by the Porgera Joint Venture to New Guinea’s Central Range — the largest, least explored wilderness on this island — he was part of an international team of scientists and local naturalists that discovered fifty new species. Dr. Thomas is particularly interested in the potential for indigenous knowledge to provide a blueprint for the conservation of the earth’s remaining wild lands. By working with local people to record their knowledge of the biological diversity in their homelands, Bill helps to create a baseline of information on environments that have yet to be studied by western science. Indigenous knowledge of birds, for example, can add to world knowledge of biological diversity and forest dynamics. It can also predict the effect of human activity on biodiversity. UNESCO recognizes his work as a “Best Practice” in the use of indigenous knowledge. Bill hopes that by exposing conservationists to the potential of indigenous knowledge, they will be more willing to adopt local models of sustainability and involve local people in the conservation of their lands.
Tickets are $40 and include a delicious Ham and Sweet Potato Dinner, Dessert and Coffee
Call 570-296-8126 to reserve or email us at pikemuse@ptd.netbillthomas

 

Latest News & Events

January 5, 2018

Dinner and Lecture by Bill Thomas, Ph,D., Scientist and Explorer

On Saturday January 20, 2018 the Columns will kick off the New Year with dinner and a lecture by Bill Thomas. Bill earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. Since 1988 with funding from the National Geographic Society, Conservation International, the Indo-Pacific Conservation Alliance, the Explorers Club and... Continue Reading
August 2, 2017

The Little Big Band Beef and Brew Dinner to Raise Money For Porch Repairs August 19th 7pm

Join us on Saturday August 19th for a night of swing under the stars as The Little Big Band returns to delight us all with their fabulous big band sound!  Tickets are $40 and include dinner, dessert, music and a little libation.  Proceeds will be applied towards the upcoming repair... Continue Reading

Pike County Historical Society at the Columns

608 Broad Street, Milford, Pennsylvania
Get Directions

Museum Hours

  • MONDAY Closed
  • TUESDAY Closed
  • WEDNESDAY 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • THURSDAY By Appointment
  • FRIDAY By Appointment
  • SATURDAY 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • SUNDAY 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM