On Saturday, September 15 at 7 p.m., hear University of St. Thomas professor Mark Neuzil give a presentation on the history of the canoe at Watermark Art Center.

Dr. Neuzil, co-author of the book Canoes: A Natural History in North America, will share the story of this important watercraft. Beginning with dugouts and birchbark boats, he will describe the people and places that make up our common canoe culture.

The presentation will include research Dr. Neuzil conducted when writing the Canoes book, as well as additional information. The book will be available for purchase at the event.

“The canoe is an integral part of our regional community, with cultural, environmental and recreational significance,” said Watermark Executive Director Lori Forshee-Donnay. “Neuzil’s book captures the artistry and craft of this vessel, as well as its cultural importance. We look forward to hearing him share more about this common watercraft.” 

Mark Neuzil is professor of communication and journalism at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of seven books and a frequent writer and speaker on environmental themes. A former wilderness guide and summer park ranger, Neuzil is an avid outdoorsman who began canoeing in the 1960s with his family. He is a past board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and Friends of the Mississippi River.