The Barbara A. Beiser  

Field Station - History


Barbara Beiser Voorhees was a 1949 graduate of Marietta College. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Business. Barbara was born in Marietta and graduated from Marietta High School. Her father, John Beiser, was a circulation manager at The Marietta Times and a local golf pro. Her grandfather, Dr. John A. Beiser, was a dentist in Marietta -- his office was located at 254 Front Street from 1901 until his death in 1962. Barbara died on August 2, 2005 in Highland Park New Jersey Barbara is survived by her four children, 15 grandchildren, her sister Judith and her brother John. Barbara’s husband, Ralph Voorhees was a retired stockbroker and graduated from Rutgers University in 1948 and received his MBA from NYU in 1950. He passed away in November, 2013. The field station property was in the Beiser family for many years and was last farmed before the Great Depression, although portions have been logged since. 


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    The Barbara A. Beiser Field Station  has a remarkable history, with at least 3 distinct faces.  Of course, there is the natural history of a site which has several unique qualities to it - the river, a steep slope, springs and seeps, rock outcroppings, and a variety of successional stages.  Then there is the human history, from the earliest inhabitants to the European pioneers who began to farm the area in the early 1800's and on to the Beiser family stewardship lasting over 100 years.  Finally, there is the history of the land as a field station.  Each is a unique story, and one we hope to develop more fully on these pages over the years.

Beiser Field Station in 1951!

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Dedication - September 15th, 2007

Construction - Summer 2008


Above:  A near-infrared view of students returning from a zoology class trip to the field station.  The near infrared camera blocks visible light and only allows infrared light to reach the camera's sensor.  The colors recorded are arbitrary and can be reassigned.  For instance, in this picture the sky was a deep red.  Vegetation usually reflects a lot of near infrared and thus appears particularly bright in the image.  A conventional color image of the same type of scene is shown below.



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Aerial view of the field station.  SR 26 runs east-west just out of the top of the frame; the Ohio River similarly runs southwest below the frame.  The red squares approximate the property boundaries.  



Updated 10/26/08 by DMC