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William Bartram Trail Conference

Event Dates: March 24th-26th, 2017

Baton Rouge, LA

The Friends of Hilltop Arboretum will present the William Bartram Louisiana Trail Conference March 24-26, 2017, in Baton Rouge.

William Bartram was America’s first native-born naturalist artist. In 1773 he set out on a four-year journey from Philadelphia through the Carolinas and the Gulf South to Louisiana and the Mississippi River. Along the way he recorded his observations of the native people, plants and animals by writing and drawing in his journal. He reached Louisiana in 1775 a year before the American Declaration of Independence, 28 years before the Louisiana Purchase and 37 years before Louisiana became the 18th state in the Union. He spent only a few months in Louisiana reaching his western most point of exploration when he crossed the Mississippi to “Pointe Coupe”, in present day Pointe Coupee Parish. From this place Bartram reversed his path arriving back home in Philadelphia in early 1777. He later organized and drew from his journals to publish his book “Travels” in 1791. The book found a significant readership in American and Europe and is still in print today.

In celebration of the City of Baton Rouge’s Bicentennial Anniversary, the William Bartram’s Louisiana Trail Conference will take us back to 18th Century Louisiana where we’ll learn about the history and natural world of West Florida as well as Bartram’s contributions to art and literature.

- Opening Reception: Friday, March 24 at Magnolia Mound Plantation
- Conference: Saturday, March 25 at East Baton Rouge Parish Library - Main Branch on Goodwood
- Field Trips: Sunday, March 26 at LSU Hilltop Arboretum; Pointe Coupee tour featuring LeJeune House and St. Francis Chapel; and Burden Museum and Gardens

For more information and online registration, visit www.lsu.edu/hilltop or call 225-767-6916 or email hilltop@lsu.edu. Registration deadline is March 8.


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