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Cultural landscape specialist Vonn Marie May specializes in the documentation, physical assessment, and future planning strategies for historic and cultural landscapes. Vonn has been an advocate and pioneer in the emergent field and study of cultural landscapes in California for more than twenty years. Her professional pursuits include research, writing, lecturing, and conducting physical project work toward the preservation and interpretation of significant landscape settings.


“We do require reminders of our heritage in our memory, our literature, and our landscapes . . . Every trace of the past is a testament not only to its inheritors, not only to the spirit of the past, but to the perspectives of the present.”  David Lowenthal. Interpretation of Ordinary Landscapes    

“All land has a history. A ‘deep read’ of the cultural landscape will reveal its origins and intents. Those precedents, or findings, can inform and cue the future. A cultural landscape investigation conducted during land use planning will provide a richer understanding of the past, an account of the present, and a more culturally grounded future.”   Vonn Marie May, 2006