SUNY Potsdam prof recognized by Vermont Historical Society
Monday, December 13, 2010 - 12:24 pm

POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam Professor Dr. Robert L. Badger was recently recognized with an award from the Vermont Historical Society.

The chair of the College's Department of Geology was honored with the 2010 Award of Merit from the society in its oral or written history category for his recently published book, "Fading Memories from a Vermont Hillside."

The first-person historical account follows the evolution of his family land in Vermont over four generations of stewardship. Published by Shires Press in Manchester, Vt., "Fading Memories from a Vermont Hillside" makes extensive use of photographs that Dr. Badger's father took in the 1920s and '30s, depicting country and village life in and around Landgrove, Vt.

Dr. Badger's brother, William C., authored one of the chapters and helped with research for the book.

This is the first book that Dr. Badger has written that hasn't concerned geology or higher education. He is also the author of "Ideas that Work in College Teaching" and "Geology Along Skyline Drive: A Self-Guided Tour for Motorists," and edited the "New York State Geological Association 76th Annual Meeting Guidebook."

"Fading Memories from a Vermont Hillside" follows the evolution of the Badger family land from its beginnings as farmland with a few main buildings and stone walls to its use for logging, sugaring and hunting. It also

depicts the changing times in the surrounding community, as it paints a picture of the events that shaped the land and the people who call it home.

"Fading Memories from a Vermont Hillside" is available from the Northshire Bookstore, in Manchester, Vt. and through Shires Press at