This annual exhibit contains materials from the Stephen Elliot Draper Collection of British & American Waterways in History and Law — rare books, treatises, manuscripts, maps, correspondence, laws, reports, drawings and ephemera that chronicle the early history of water use and development in Europe and the Americas. Featured as well are materials from the Archives for the Waters of Georgia in History, Law and Policy.
The third event in a series marking the 250th anniversary of John and William Bartram’s natural history expedition will be held Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Russell Special Collections Libraries Building, focusing on art.
Artist Philip Juras will speak on “Rediscovering the Southern Landscape of the Late 18th Century,” and art professor Janice Simon will talk about “The Art of William Bartram.”
Much of the pre-settlement wilderness John and William Bartram encountered in Georgia and the South is now lost to memory; only a few remnants can still be found today. Inspired by William Bartram’s Travels, artist Philip Juras combines direct observation with the study of natural science and history to create scenes that offer a glimpse of the 18th century South. He will present his own vision of what the Bartrams saw, highlighting the path of discovery that led him to create the paintings on display in the library gallery.
An exhibit features original manuscripts, engravings, and maps from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library as well as specimens from the Georgia Natural History Museum.
Two of Juras’ paintings are in the exhibit: Anthony Shoals (pictured), Broad River, Georgia, on loan from the Telfair Museum of Art (gift of Danyse and Julius Edel), and Jones Narrows, Isle of Hope (Wormsloe), Georgia, loaned from the collection of Craig and Diana Barrow.
Philip Juras is a landscape painter living in Athens, Georgia. In 2011 a major exhibition of his work portraying the southern wilderness as William Bartram described it in the 1770s opened at the Telfair Museums in Savannah and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. Philip’s award-winning book The Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels, published in conjunction with the Telfair exhibition, is now available in paperback from the University of Georgia Press. More information on Juras: http://philipjuras.com
Janice C. Simon is Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Art History in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia. A specialist in American art with a focus on nineteenth-century landscape painting and American art periodicals, she is the author of Images of Contentment: John Frederick Kensett and the Connecticut Shore and “Impressed in Memory: John Frederick Kensett’s Italian Scene” in Classic Ground: Mid-Nineteenth Century American Painters and the Italian Encounter.
The lecture will be followed by a reception, book-signing, and a gallery tour led by Philip Juras and Janice Simon.
The second in a series of events marking the 250th anniversary of John and William Bartram’s natural history expedition will be held Sept. 3 in the Russell Special Collections Libraries Building.
Retracing the route of the Bartrams through the Southeast is as challenging as it is rewarding. An academic challenge is that the Bartrams travelled through regions of Georgia and Florida that were either uninhabited or so thinly settled that roads were not well documented on contemporary maps. Another challenge is that, in many places, what was wilderness in 1765 is now urban and suburban communities with modern roads and a lot of traffic. Brad Sanders will discuss the maps and historical resources that can be used to recreate the route of the Bartrams and the rewards of getting on the road and actually following in their footsteps.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The presentation will be followed by a reception and gallery tour, led by Brad Sanders and Mary Ellen Brooks, curator emerita of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Brad Sanders is author of Guide to William Bartram’s Travels and the publisher of Traveller, the newsletter of the Bartram Trail Conference. He is on the board of the Bartram Trail Conference and is the web master of their web site. Sanders lives in Athens and is a retired high school teacher.
A full schedule is at: http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/bartram/itinerary.html
A new single, “Bulldog Bite,” was playing on everyone’s radio. Buck Belue headed up UGA’s potent offense, along with the season’s breakout star, future Heisman winner Herschel Walker. The “Track People” were cheering for the “Silver Britches” in a final, boisterous hurrah.
It was 1980 and the University of Georgia Bulldogs were on their way to being “Unbeaten, Untied, Unbelievable“ and capturing a national championship. Those glory days are being revisited this fall at the Russell Special Collections Libraries with an exhibit of materials from the UGA Athletic Association archives.
Guided tours of the exhibit, “Undisputed,” will be offered Fridays at 3:30 p.m. before each home football fame, beginning Sept. 4.
Numerous photographs, many rarely, if ever, seen; the gleaming Silver Britches worn by the heroes of the day – Lindsay Scott, Rex Robinson, Carnie Norris, Scott Woerner; a piece of the railroad tracks made famous by its rowdy fans are among the artifacts visitors will see. In addition to an homage to the Track People, who lost their free seats when the east end of the stadium was enclosed after the 1980 season, tribute is also paid to the late Erk Russell, Georgia’s beloved defensive coordinator who coined the term “Junkyard Dogs,” leading the Redcoat Band to break into Jim Croce’s “Bad, bad Leroy Brown” after big plays.
The Russell Special Collections Libraries, at 300 S. Hull St., are open free to the public Monday through Friday and Saturdays 1-5 p.m., except on home football game days. In addition to the football exhibit, on display through November in the rotunda, there are three museum galleries with items from each library – the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Russell Library for Political Research and Studies and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection.
A series of presentations at the University of Georgia will mark the 250th anniversary of the natural history expedition of John and William Bartram in Colonial Georgia.
Based on John Bartram’s journal account of their travels, this celebration marks their sojourn in Georgia between Sept. 3 and Oct. 8, 1765.
“John Bartram’s journal of his time in Georgia reveals a man interested in far more than botany,” said Dorinda Dallmeyer, who is leading the UGA observance. “His descriptions run the gamut from weather and mosquitoes to life in the backwoods and in Savannah. Fossils and millstones are as noteworthy as the settlers’ struggle to cultivate silk and herd their free-range cattle.”
John Bartram was a third-generation Pennsylvania Quaker with a curiosity and reverence for nature as well as a passion for scientific inquiry. In 1765, Bartram was appointed the “Royal Botanist” by King George III and, with his son William, set out for South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida on a collecting trip that would last two years.
A companion exhibit at the UGA Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries features original manuscripts, engravings, and maps from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library as well as specimens from the Georgia Natural History Museum. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 23.
All events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule can be found at: http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/digital/bartram/index.html. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the special collections building, which is open free to the public Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays.
Opening the observance August 22 at 7 p.m. will be actor and playwright J.D. Sutton who brings William Bartram to life, sharing tales of his adventures and his awe-struck wonder of the mountains, cascading streams and remarkable beauty of the southern states.
“Traveling from the wilderness of Florida to the mountains of North Carolina and the banks of the Mississippi, Bartram took extensive notes of what he saw and the people he encountered, leaving us a remarkable time-capsule of our country’s early frontier,” Sutton said.
The audience will have an opportunity to ask “Mr. Bartram” questions as part of the performance, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Russell Special Collections Building. A reception and gallery tour will follow.
This theatrical performance illuminates Bartram’s encounters with Indians, his vivid descriptions of plants and animals, and the wonders of nature he experienced.
The presentation will be followed by a reception and gallery tour led by Mary Ellen Brooks, curator emerita of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
In 1765, John Bartram was appointed the “Royal Botanist” by King George III and, with his son William, set out for South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida on a collecting trip that would last two years.
Based on John Bartram’s journal account of their travels, this celebration, which begins Aug. 22, marks their sojourn in Georgia between September 3 and October 8, 1765. A gallery exhibit at the UGA Special Collections Library features original manuscripts, engravings, and maps from the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library as well as specimens from the Georgia Natural History Museum. A series of six lectures will further explore the natural and cultural history the Bartrams saw in colonial Georgia. All events are free and open to the public.
A full schedule is here: http://www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett/bartram/
This 250th anniversary observance is sponsored by the Bartram Trail Conference, the UGA Special Collections Library, the Georgia Natural History Museum, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the UGA College of Environment and Design, and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.
Unless otherwise indicated, all events will be held at the Special Collections Library, Richard B. Russell Building, 300 South Hull Street, on the University of Georgia Campus. Parking is available at the Hull Street parking deck immediately adjacent to the Library.
This exhibit features newly acquired letters of a Union soldier involved in the bombardment of Fort Pulaski as well as a very rare letter by the Confederate Commanding Officer at Fort Pulaski reporting his thoughts and actions during the siege. Additional items on display are medical books published specifically for military surgeons who had limited battlefield medical experience. These books covered topics such as bandaging and amputations. The amputation kit belonging to Dr. William Preston Harden of Watkinsville, Georgia is also on display. Through August 14.
Additionally, Empty Sleeves: Amputation in the Civil War South, by Brian Craig Miller and published by the UGA Press, is the April selection for The Rest of the Story Book Club at the Special Collections Libraries. In this highly original and deeply researched work, Miller explores the ramifications of amputation on the Confederacy both during and after the Civil War and sheds light on how dependency and disability reshaped southern society. The group will meet April 28.
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The only surviving signed manuscript of the permanent Constitution of the Confederate States of America will be displayed April 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Jr. Building Special Collections Libraries.
Displayed only one day each year due to its fragility, the Constitution and an accompanying exhibit of related Civil War materials, including illustrations from Harper’s of President Lincoln’s funeral and information on battlefield medical practices, will be on display through summer. Items from a newly acquired collection providing a first-hand account of the Union bombardment of Fort Pulaski, will also be featured.
This April Fools’ Day will be one to remember at the UGA Libs
Habitat for Humanity International will frame a house, to be used as affordable housing in Athens, on the lawn of the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries April 1.
The symbolic house framing will be the highlight of a program to announce the opening of the Habitat for Humanity International records at UGA’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Habitat’s materials are the latest and largest addition to a growing body of related collections at Hargrett that revolve around the topics of housing, philanthropy, and social change. These materials document the formation, growth, and operation of one of the most recognized non-profit organizations as they have worked toward the mission of ending substandard housing around the globe.
The day’s activities include the ceremonial raising of an exterior wall of the house during a program beginning at 11:30 a.m. The theme for the day is “Preserving our Past, Building our Future.”
An exhibition of highlights from the collection that call attention to the history and international significance of Habitat for Humanity, including the philosophy of partnership housing; newsletters from Koinonia Farm, a Christian intentional farming community that would become the catalyst for Habitat’s establishment; photographs and memorabilia from significant projects, such as the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Women Build, and the Global Village Program; and gifts of gratitude received by homeowner partners, including sculptures, paintings, and textiles will be on display in the Rotunda.
After the event, which will involve UGA students and the Athens Habitat chapter, the structure will be moved by Athens Habitat for Humanity to the Carpenter’s Circle neighborhood, where it will be completed by local volunteers and become home to Kim Arnold and her daughter Molly.
“Habitat for Humanity International’s decision to place its materials with us establishes the UGA Special Collections Libraries as a resource on the grassroots movement to address affordable housing,” said P. Toby Graham, university librarian and associate provost. “They join a growing body of related collections in the Hargrett Library that revolve around the topics of housing, philanthropy and social change. Others include the Millard and Linda Fuller papers, the Fuller Center for Housing records, and the Clarence L. Jordan papers.”
What: March Meeting, The Rest of the Story Book Club
When: Tuesday, March 24, 5:30-7:00PM
Where: Room 258, Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries
Have you ever visited an exhibit and felt you only heard the first part of a truly great story?
If you’re a visitor who wants to learn more about the exhibitions at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, then join us for this monthly book club with light refreshments and discussion on works connected to upcoming/ongoing exhibitions and programs here at SCL. The monthly titles are selected (and discussions led) by Special Collections staff who help to create these displays/programs, and invite readers to learn more about the topics explored and to take them into new, related areas of interest.
Monthly selections are available for purchase at Avid Bookshop, or for checkout through the UGA Libraries. This program is free and open to the public, co-sponsored by the University of Georgia Libraries and The University of Georgia Press.
For more information please call (706) 542-5788 or email Jan Hebbard at email@example.com.