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