The Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead will host a series of three lectures to commemorate its newest exhibit, “Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps: Contemporary Botanical Artists Explore the Bartrams’ Legacy.”
The traveling exhibit, on display March 19 through June 17, will peek inside the Frontier South of the 18th century. Early American explorers John Bartram and his son, William, traversed the Eastern wilderness of the American colonies from the 1730s to the 1790s, recording the region’s rich flora, fauna and Native American culture.
The exhibit features world-class, contemporary botanical artwork depicting plants discovered and introduced by two generations of the Bartram family. Admission to the exhibit is free and it is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
The lecture series will open with the Ashley Wright McIntyre lecture by Joel Fry, titled “Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps,” March 19 at 7 p.m. Fry, curator of Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, will present a survey of William Bartram’s illustrations and examine the scope and influences of his career as a seminal American natural history illustrator. Tickets to the lecture are $25 and are nonrefundable. Reservations are required for all lectures.
The other lectures — Kathryn Holland Braund, “William Bartram’s Surprising Travels,” and Philip Juras, “Searching for the Southern Frontier: Landscapes Inspired by Bartram’s Travels” — will take place April 27 at 3 p.m. and June 4 at 7 p.m., respectively.
Tickets and information: (404) 814-4150 or www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Bartram