Learn the history of beekeeping in Salisbury

BEEKEEPER AND WRITER Bill Mares will present the history and evolution of beekeeping, with an emphasis on the practice in Vermont, at the Salisbury Meeting House on Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. Photo courtesy of the Salisbury Conservation Commission.

SALISBURY — William Mares will speak at Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping on Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. The conference will take place at the Salisbury Meeting House, 853 Maple St., Salisbury.

Beekeeping dates back 10,000 years, but bees have been in the news lately as a multi-pronged plague has devastated many of the country’s 2.5 million colonies. Meanwhile, hobbyist beekeeping has grown exponentially in the country. Bill Mares, writer and beekeeper for 45 years, will recount the origins and evolution of beekeeping, sometimes referred to as “agriculture for intellectuals”, with particular emphasis on his research in Vermont.

This conference is free, open to the public and accessible to people with disabilities. It is jointly organized by the Salisbury Historical Society and the Salisbury Conservation Commission. Bees Besieged: A History of Beekeeping is a Vermont humanities program supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.