Jaffrey / Peterborough

Forums to focus on history, vampires

The Amos Fortune Forum will open its 2013 season on Friday with a talk by Maximilian L. Ferro on “Why Historic Preservation?” while the Monadnock Summer Lyceum continues Sunday with Margo Adler’s “Vampires, Morality and the Fate of the Planet.”

Ferro will speak on the many reasons that our past still has meaning for our future. He will examine past architectural craftsmanship from the standpoints of quality, cultural meaning, socioeconomic significance, technology, personal expression, comfort and just plain fun.

He is a practicing architect and architectural historian based in Brandon, Vt. He heads the Preservation Partnership, a small but very active practice set up in 1977 as New England’s first architectural office to provide multi-disciplinary services in the Historic Preservation field. This practice is still active in the same field, and has unparalleled experience in the restoration and conservation of historic buildings, and in the faithful recreation of historic interiors.

After the illness and death of her late husband, Adler, an author and National Public Radio correspondent, began to read vampire novels as a meditation on mortality. This meditation soon became an obsession. Adler has read over 250 such novels ranging from teen to adult, from detective to romance, from gothic to modern.

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