The Year Without a Summer, 1816

Event details

  • Sunday | September 10, 2017
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 1 Fountain Street Clinton, NY 13323
  • (315) 859-1392

“The Year Without a Summer, 1816,” will be presented at the Clinton Historical Society, 1 Fountain Street, Clinton, NY, on Sunday, September 10 at 2 p.m. 

The program is free and open to the public.
The program, presented by David A. Gapp, the Silas D. Childs Professor of Biology, Emeritus of Hamilton College, will explore the impact of a massive volcano eruption in April, 1815 on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa.  According the Dr. Gapp, “Mt. Tambora’s cataclysmic eruption created a catastrophic climate-altering exclamation point to the waning of the Little Ice Age, especially across the Northern Hemisphere.”
Gapp’s presentation will explore the impact of the “Year Without a Summer” around
the world, but focus on New York State, especially Central New York.
Professor Gapp received his B.S. and M.A. degrees in Biology from the College of William and Mary. He received a Ph.D in Endocrinology from Boston University and did postdoctoral work at The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine.
Gapp was part of the Hamilton College Biology Department from 1979 through June of 2017.