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

August 22-October 10, 2015

The Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia will celebrate the 250th anniversary of John and William Bartram's visit to Georgia in 1765. A series of lectures begins on August 22 with J.D. Sutton performing as William Bartram. For information and a list of events please see "Set Off for Georgia…" at the Hargrett web site.

The 2015 meeting of the Bartram Trail Conference will be held on the shores of William Bartram’s beloved St. Johns River in Palatka, Florida. John and William Bartram first paddled up the St. Johns River in December of 1765 and we will convene there almost on the exact date.The dates for the conference are October 16–18, 2015. The conference will be held in the Ravine Gardens State Park and Palatka’s riverfront park. This promises to be a very exciting conference.

The exhibition "Following in the Bartrams' Footsteps" has completed its stay at the California Botanical Garden in Berkeley where it opened on December 15, 2014 and ended February 15, 2015. The exhibit is a project of the American Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibition featured 44 artworks of plants grown, sold, and introduced by John and William Bartram, centered upon their native US plant introductions. For more information visit

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, based in Franklin, NC [about four blocks up hill from the mound of Nikwasi (Bartram's Nucasse)], recently announced that it has acquired a  "working farm conservation easement" on the Spring Ridge Dairy, one of the largest riverfront farms at the head of the valley." The dairy lies close by the spot where Bartram entered the "Vale of Cowe," forded a "delightful brook, the water of the Tanase" (the Little Tennessee River), and looked out on "the opening of the extensive and fruitful vale."  The easement will protect the area from development. To learn more about the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and their work, visit their site at

New Georgia Encyclopedia: The on-line encyclopedia has posted a biography of William Bartram, written by Dr. Edward J. Cashin. The article may be found at New Georgia Encyclopedia

On-line exhibit features William Bartram. Bartram is featured in the American Philosophical Society's on-line exhibit: "Southern Nature: Scientific Views of the Colonial American South." To view the Bartram page visit

The exhibition home page is located at;

Bartram's Travels is available on-line at the University of North Carolina's DocSouth Collection. The electronic edition of Travels may be found at

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