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Pine Barrens Folklore Lecture Tonight

Pine Barrens Folklore Lecture Tonight

Posted November 14, 2016

Join us on Thursday 11/17 at 7PM for a lecture with natural historian Mark Demitroff as he shares tales from his childhood in the Pine Barrens.
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Local natural historian Mark Demitroff grew up on a western Atlantic County poultry farm. There he enjoyed hearing tales told by neighbors, farmhands, and family members about odd happenings in the piney woods and dense swamps behind his village. Mark will spin a few yarns about ghosts, demons, and darksome fathomless pools with sinister qualities. Several traditional stories were passed down from the speaker’s Ukrainian heritage. Folklore, once an everyday form of entertainment, has lost its former importance but fortunately is not quite forgotten.

Mark Demitroff is a native Pinelands natural historian and tree expert who publishes and lectures internationally on South Jersey’s Ice Age geology. He is an adjunct instructor at Stockton University and a board member of Stockton’s South Jersey Culture and History Center,  Vineland Historical and Antiquarian Society, and the United States Permafrost Association.