Creating Wilderness: Selective Memorial and William Bartram
March 18, 2021 6:00 –8:00 PM
By Dr. Tony Abbott
March 16, 2021 6:00
Join Dr. Tony Abbott at Enterprise Museum or online for a lecture and exhibit about Bartram's naturalist explorations and experiences with people encountered in the late 1700s in Volusia County. This event is presented by the St Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance as part of the River to Sea Nature and History Corridor project supported by a Community Project grant from Florida Humanities. This event is part of the Lost History Week from March 15 - 21 that includes lectures, exhibits and a virtual tour.
William Bartram is known as America’s first native-born natural historian. His explorations and writings cover flora and fauna, interaction with European settlers, and Native American culture including extensive and under-recognized positive descriptions of Native Americans in the South. The contemporary omission of Bartram’s extensive, positive descriptions of Native Americans in the South relegates them to the margins of history at a time when they were politically powerful, thus perpetuating a culture of denial regarding their forced removal.
Dr. Tony Abbott at Stetson University in DeLand has retraced Bartram's travels across Volusia County and created Experience William Bartram’s Florida, a brochure to guide you as you revisit Bartram's sites. This brochure is availabe at Enterprise Museum and Mainstreet DeLand, among other places. One perfect place to start exploring on your own is at Bartram Gardens and Trail in DeLand at the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center. It's a ten-acre natural area on the shores of Lake Beresford where Bartram rested and dried out all his papers after experienced a hurricane while traveling in his canoe equipped with a sail. The gardens showcase native plants interpreted with signage using copies of Bartram's original drawings.
An exhibit, including images generously provided by the Bartram Trail Society, will be on display at the Enterprise Museum in for all of March 2021. The museum is open Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm. For a private tour, contact Cindy Sullivan at 386-804-6987.
To attend the virtual lecture, please fill register here.
You will receive a link to attend the presentation prior to the event. This event was made possible through a generous grant from the Florida Humanities Council and the efforts of the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance.