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AU to host lecture on naturalist Bartram’s trek through Alabama

John Hall will present an illustrated lecture on naturalist William Bartram's 18th century travels in Alabama.

AUBURN – Black Belt Regional Museum curator John C. Hall will present a lecture on eighteenth-century naturalist and artist William Bartram on Thursday, March 27, at 3 p.m., in the Special Collections and Archives Department of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

Hall’s presentation will focus on Bartram’s 1775 journey through Alabama, where he recorded firsthand information on native inhabitants and the unspoiled natural environment. His writing and illustrations were published in 1791 in “Bartram’s Travels,” which Hall terms “one of the most important documents of American science and the first book of Alabama natural history.” The lecture will include various aspects of Alabama colonial and frontier history, Native American history and natural history.

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