A talk by a retired biology professor and longtime nature commentator kicks off a new history lecture series at local libraries.

A talk by a retired biology professor and longtime nature commentator kicks off a new history lecture series at local libraries.

Frank Lang's talk about settler Ivan Elmore Applegate and Applegate's experiences with botany is set at noon Jan. 6 at the Medford Branch Library, 205 S. Central Ave. The free talk repeats at noon Jan. 13 at Ashland's library.

The talk is part of the Windows in Time series organized by libraries and the Southern Oregon Historical Society. The talks will continue on the first and second Wednesdays of each month throughout the year.

Applegate was a botanist whose interest in Erythronium, the lamb's tongue genus in the lily family, dated to his days growing up on a Klamath County farm. Applegate eventually named eight taxa of Erythronium and had species in four other genera named for him.

Lang taught botany, plant ecology and biological illustration for 32 years at Southern Oregon University. He is the author of "A Nature Notes Sampler," a compilation of scripts from his Jefferson Public Radio program of the same name.

— Staff reports