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hargrett library :: bartram 250th

"Set Off for Georgia. . ."

Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of John and William Bartram's
Natural History Expedition in Colonial Georgia

August 22-October 10, 2015


John Bartram (1699-1777) was a third-generation Pennsylvania Quaker imbued with a curiosity and reverence for nature as well as a passion for scientific inquiry. His travels—by boat, on horseback, and on foot—took him to New England, as far south as Florida, and west to Lake Ontario. He collected seeds and plant specimens, and established a trans-Atlantic hub of plant exploration through his exchanges with prominent patrons and scholars in Europe who sought out plants from Bartram’s Garden. 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.

Based on John Bartram's journal account of their travels, this celebration marks their sojourn in Georgia between September 3 and October 8, 1765. The 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.

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.


Schedule of Events

Grand Opening: Saturday, August 22

7:00 p.m., Special Collections Library Auditorium (Second Floor)
"William Bartram -- Puc Puggy's Travels through the South" presented by J.D. Sutton

Thursday, September 3
5:30 p.m., Special Collections Library Auditorium (Second Floor)
"An Itinerary of Discovery -- Tracing the Bartrams Across the South" presented by Brad Sanders

Thursday, September 17
5:30 p.m., Special Collections Library Auditorium (Second Floor)
"Rediscovering the Southern Landscape of the Late 18th Century" presented by Philip Juras and "The Art of William Bartram" presented by Janice Simon.

Thursday, October 1
5:30 p.m., Special Collections Library Auditorium (Second Floor)
"Natural Curiosity and Natural History: John Bartram's Observations on the Land and Life in Georgia" presented by Dorinda G. Dallmeyer

Closing Events: Saturday, October 10, 2015

State Botanical Garden of Georgia:

1:00 p.m., Callaway Building
"The usefull, the beautifull, the singular or the fragrant, are to us the most material -- John and William Bartram and Southern Plants in the Garden" presented by Joel T. Fry, Curator, Bartram's Garden

3:00 p.m.
Bartram Plant walk, led by horticulturist Linda Chafin.

This garden tour will highlight plants discovered by the Bartrams now featured in the Garden's collection. Bartram plants also will be available for purchase during the annual Fall Plant Sale.

Special Collections Library Auditorium (Second Floor)

7:00 p.m.
"The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire, and the Birth of an Obsession" presented by Andrea Wulf, New York Times best-selling author