The Bethel Society will hold a conference on the famous ornithologist on July 21

Ornithologist William Brewster, left, sits with Dr. John George Gehring in Bethel, circa 1905. Bethel Historical Society Collection Museums

BETHEL — Veteran ornithologist Dana Duxbury-Fox plans to speak about her research on famed Massachusetts ornithologist William Brewster (1851-1919) at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21 in the O’Neil Robinson House Museums Reading Room from the Bethel Historical Society. at 10 Broad Street.

Brewster, co-founder of the American Ornithologists’ Union, made numerous expeditions to the Bethel area and Lake Umbagog in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The journals he compiled over a period of nearly 40 years were published posthumously by Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology under the title “Birds of the Lake Umbagog Region of Maine,” according to a statement from company press.

Brewster also spent time in Bethel as one of many famous patients at Dr. John George Gehring’s clinic, where he was successfully treated with hypnotic suggestion for a persistent lameness in his legs.

Duxbury-Fox, of North Andover, Massachusetts, has observed birds around the world for more than half a century. She and her husband, Bob Fox, were part of a group of Audubon members from Massachusetts who created the “Crow Patrol” and for several years studied, recorded and lectured on the winter roost along the Merrimack River in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Bethel Historical Society Museums at 207-824-2908 or [email protected].

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Angela C. Hale