Third Thursday Lectures are presented by the Mandarin Museum & Historical Society in partnership with and held at the Mandarin Community Club, located at 12447 Mandarin Rd. Refreshments begin at 6:30 pm with the lecture at 7 pm. It is free and all are invited and encouraged to attend.

Virtual Lecture on Zoom
August 19, 2021 at 7 PM

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BRENT MARTIN, William Bartram in Northern Florida

Brent Martin has been a conservationist and educator for most of his life and is considered an expert on the Bartrams. Currently, he serves as the Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Bartram Trail Conservancy and is a co-owner, with his wife Angela, of a Southern Appalachian guide service, Alarka Expeditions. Prior to his work at the conservancy, he was Southern Appalachian Regional Director of the Wilderness Society. He is also a poet and an author.

Mr. Martin will discuss William Bartram’s travels through Northern Florida and the St. John’s River valley during the 1760s with his father, as well as time spent exploring there in the 1770s. Bartram loved the St. John’s River, and this discussion will include the subjects of Native American customs and beliefs he observed, the plant and animal world, and his artistic renderings of the area.  We will also explore the internal landscape of Bartram: his motivations and beliefs, and his unique perspective on the American landscape.