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Members of the Bartram Trail Conference gather at the dedication of a new William Bartram Trail marker, located on GA80 at Middle Georgia State College in Macon.

Bartram Trail Conference
2011 Biennial Meeting
Macon, Georgia

October 21–23, 2011

Friday, October 21, 10:00–5:00

Pre-Conference Workshop with Janisse Ray

Mercer University Press (

Writing Nature, a workshop with Janisse Ray. Also included: Getting published, with Marc Jolley (Director, Mercer University Press). $50.00. Preregister at


Friday Evening, October 21, 6:00 p.m.

Woodruff House, Mercer University

Registration, Pig Roast and Plenary Reading

Registration, Reception and Pig Roast (with vegetarian fare as well!) at the historic Woodruff House, 988 Bond Street on the Mercer University campus. Reading by Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Drifting into Darien: A Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River.


Saturday, October 22 (all day)

Macon State University

Professional Sciences Conference Center


8:00–8:30      Registration, Coffee, Drinks, Snacks

8:30–10:00   Learning from Experience: A Roundtable Discussion

Thomas Hallock, Chair (President, Bartram Trail Conference)

David S. Shields (University of South Carolina, Low Country Foodways Project)

Sarah Ross (Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History)

John C. Hall (University of West Alabama, Black Belt Museum)

10:00–10:15 Break

10:30–12:00 Literary and Artistic Responses to Bartram’s Travels

Dorinda Dallmeyer, Chair (University of Georgia)

Philip Juras (Philip Juras, The Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels)

Janisse Ray (Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, Drifting into Darien: A  Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River)

John Lane (Wofford College)

12:00–1:00   Box Lunch (please indicate dietary needs on registration form)

1:00–2:30      The Famous Oakmulge Fields

Kathryn Holland-Braund, Chair (Auburn University)

Mark Williams (University of Georgia), “Archaeology of the Ocmulgee Site”

Thomas Foster (University of West Georgia), “Ocmulgee Mounds and the  Origins of the Creek Indians”

Matthew Jennings (Macon State U.), “Trading and Raiding from Ocmulgee”

2:30–2:45      Break

3:00–5:00      Building a Georgia Garden

Joel T. Fry (Historic Bartram’s Garden), “’Your fine temperate, & flower  Regions, (where reigns Spring eternal)’: William Bartram’s Plants  from Georgia and the South at Bartram’s Garden”

Derrick M. Catlett (Macon State U.), Tour of Waddell Barnes Botanical Garden

Ribbon Cutting – New Bartram Trail Marker!


Saturday Evening, October 22, 6:00–7:30

Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences

4182 Forsyth Road (

“Scenes from the Southern Frontier.” Reception and gallery tour with artist Philip Juras.



Dinner on your own. We’ll provide a list of suggestions in the registration packet.


Sunday, October 23, 9:00–1:00

Day Trip—Ocmulgee Mounds

We plan to hike to the Lamar Mound and Village Site and back (2 miles roundtrip) with a National Park Service Ranger. Water, snacks and box lunches provided. Further explorations of the Ocmulgee Mound complex on your own.


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