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24 Mar 2017 1:30 PM • Baton Rouge
24 Mar 2017 1:30 PM • 2017 Bartram Trail Conferencee

Friday, March 24, Magnolia Mound Plantation

10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Free tours of Magnolia Mound Plantation and early registration.
Early registration at Magnolia Mound Visitor Center. You will receive a pass to Magnolia Mound Plantation when you register during the day.

Friday Afternoon Tours

On Friday, prior to the Bartram Trail Conference, participants have an opportunity to visit two remarkable resources on the LSU campus, with a special field trip limited to 20 people.  

1:30–2:30pm. Founded in 1869, the Shirley C. Tucker Herbarium at Louisiana State University is the oldest collection of preserved plant specimens in the Gulf South and is the second largest collection of Louisiana plants. Collections Manager Jennie Kluse leads a tour of the updated facility, with a look at early specimens and species associated with the Bartrams.

3:00–4:00pm. The Special Collections at LSU Hill Memorial Library was opened in 1903, and moved to the present campus in 1926. In the McIlhenny Room, items of interest for your observation include, among others, works by John and William Bartram, Mark Catesby, Alexander Wilson, Jacob Bigelow, and John James Audubon. A special treat will be some original watercolor drawings by Margaret Stones  from her Flora of Louisiana project of the 1970s-80s.

Registered conference attendees must sign up ahead for these two behind-the-scenes visits.  Each visit is limited to 20 people. The group will meet ahead and walk together to each facility. Sign up here.

NOTE: You must register for the Friday Afternoon tour separately from conference registration. You will be allowed to add a guest.

4:00–6:00: Registration in front of Magnolia Mound Plantation house.

5:30 p.m.: Marker Dedication, in front of Magnolia Mound Plantation house.

Friday Night

6:00–7:00 p.m.– Reception: Magnolia Mound Plantation

Conference Program, March 25, East Baton Rouge Main Library

8:30–9:00: Registration and Coffee

9:00–9:15: Welcome: President, T. R. Henderson

9:15–10:45: Bartram’s Louisiana Travels 

Taylor McGaughy: Peregrinations to Pontchartrain: William Bartram’s Westerly Wanderings 

Dennis Jones: Sweet Home Alabama: Evidence for an 18th Century Native American Occupation at the Chatsworth Plantation Site (16EBR192) in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Dorinda Dallmeyer: White Cliffs, Deep Time: William Bartram and Geology

10:45–11:00: BREAK

11:00 –12:00: Marking Bartram’s Trail 

Peggy Davis Coates: Louisiana’s Bartram Trail Revisited

Sam Carr: Regional and National Bartram Trail Efforts

12:00–1:00:  LUNCH 

1:00–2:30: Literature, Art, and the Natural World

Andy Ross, “Within a Few Inches of Your Eye:”:Visual and Narrative Meditation in Bartram’s Travels

Elizabeth Athens: “A Lively Animated Picture:” William Bartram and Drawing Ad vivum

Randy Harelson. Native Flora of Louisiana: the Watercolor Drawings of Margaret Stones

2:30–2:45: BREAK

2:45–3:30: Remembering John Hall 

Thomas Hallock, Remembering John Hall: The work of the BTC and the Good Nature of Environmental Education

3:30–4:30: Forty Years on: The History of the Bartram Trail Conference 

This roundtable discussion will feature charter members of the Bartram Trail Conference. Three Louisiana members, Charles Fryling, Sally Daigle, and Polly Williams, will discuss their early adventures and their hopes for the future of the Bartram Trail Conference. Moderator: Chuck Spornick.

7:00 pm: Banquet and Keynote Address 

Daniel H. Usner: “A prospect of the grand sublime”: The Louisiana-Florida Borderland Seen and Unseen by William Bartram

Sunday Morning Tours, March 26

• LSU Hilltop Arboretum

• Tree Stroll and Brunch

• Also: Point Coupee, tour St. Francis Chapel and historic LeJeune Home

• Also: LSU Rural Life Museum, Windrush Gardens, Burden Gardens

Burden Museum and Garden Tours

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Wear your conference name badge for FREE tours at Burden Museum and Gardens which includes the LSU AgCenter Botanic Garden, LSU Rural Life Museum and Windrush Gardens.

Burden Museum and Gardens offers discovery and adventure through historic, natural and educational experiences that provide a window into Louisiana’s rich cultural past. Situated on 440 acres in the heart of Baton Rouge, it is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in the flora and fauna of Louisiana’s lush landscapes and agricultural heritage.


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