Bartram Trail Conference

Gathering in Gainesville
Bartram Trail Conference

October 11–13

Thursday Evening, October 11. 

6:00 PM. Registration and Welcome Reception, Powell Hall, University of Florida. Welcome Remarks by Doug Jones, Director, followed by a fellowship buffet. Photography exhibit by Brad Sanders and video display showcases Bartram travel sites.

Friday Morning, October 12. 9:00-11:30 AM: Powell Hall.
9:00-9:30. Introductory Remarks and Welcome: Kathryn Braund, President, Bartram Trail Conference and Charlotte Porter, Conference Program Director.
9:30-11:30: Morning Session. Bartram and Florida.
Kathryn Braund: William Bartram Gustatory Tour
F. Wayne King: Gator Group Feeding: William Bartram's Wildlife Observations
J. T. Milanich: Bartram's Legacy: Mount Royal and Archaeology
Joe Ausmuth: Mistakes Abound: Mapping Bartram's Mound

Lunch: on your own; enjoy a stroll about Lake Alice on campus, but don't feed the 'gators!

Friday Afternoon

1:30-4:00. University of Florida, Special Collections, Library East.
1:30-3:30: Afternoon Session. Books and Nature: An Enchanting Mix Jeffrey Bam 18th-century Books about Nature Arlene Fradkin and Mallory O'Conner: Before Bartram: Mark Catesby Charlotte M. Porter: Bartram's Other Book
Tea: sponsored by the Special Collections Staff. Enjoy browsing with books from Bartram's day, including editions of his Travels, his sources, Catesby's volumes, and works by writers and scientists influenced by Bartram.

Friday Evening 

6:30. Banquet. University Reitz Union. 

Special Speaker: Professor Edward J. Cashin, Director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History at Augusta State University and noted author of the recently-released William Bartram and the American Revolution on the Southern Frontier.

Saturday. 9:30-3:00 

Day trip to Bartram's Alachua Savanna, now Paynes Prairie State Preserve. Trip includes guided walking tours of the savanna, opportunities to view the Great Sink, wildlife, museum displays, and an award-winning video on the area, and picnic lunch with presentation by Lawrence Hetrick: Travels in Bartram Country. The conference closes with a group discussion before heading back to Gainesville via the River Styx and Micanopy. Bring walking shoes, comfortable clothes, bug spray, binoculars, swimsuit, and towel. Information is available for drives to Fort Picolata, Cross Creek, and Ravine Gardens.

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