Catesby Commemorative Trust Lectures

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The Smithsonian Libraries, in conjunction with the National Museum of Natural History, will host a series of lectures on both Mark Catesby’s art and science for the Catesby Commemorative Trust on November 6. This gathering celebrates  the 300th anniversary of Englishman Catesby’s arrival in North America. The visit to the Smithsonian is part of a six-day, three-city symposium that will include lectures from more than 20 presenters from various disciplines that include art, wildlife, natural history, conservation and economics.

This event is FREE and open to the public! Attendees are welcome to attend some or all of the lectures.

For more information, email or call 202.633.1699.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012
National Museum of Natural History (10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC)
Baird Auditorium, Ground Floor 

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium

Welcome: Dr. Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Libraries and Garden Club of America officials
Moderator: Dr. Nancy E. Gwinn, Director, Smithsonian Libraries

Catesby’s Art
Catesby’s Drawings
Henrietta McBurney Ryan, Keeper of Fine & Decorative Arts, Eton College; formerly Deputy Keeper, Royal Library, Windsor Castle & author of forthcoming book on Catesby’s original paintings

The Natural History — Its Printing and Publication
Leslie K. Overstreet, Curator, Natural History Rare Books, Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History, Smithsonian Libraries

Catesby’s Etchings — His Compositional Interests & the Birth of Environmental Science
Dr. Amy Meyers, Director, Yale Center for British Art

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch

Ticket Holders’ Lunch in the Executive Conference Room at the Museum of Natural History
Non-ticket holders – lunch on your own in the museum

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium 

Catesby’s Science
Ornithology (including bird migration)
Shepard Krech III, Professor Emeritus, Brown University

Dr. Steven A. Harris, Druce Curator of the Oxford University Herbaria (scheduled – possibly given by his delegate)

Zoology (other than ornithology)
Dr. Aaron Bauer, Professor & Gerald M. Lemole Chair in Integrative Biology, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Catesby’s Economic and Ethnobotany
Dr. W. Hardy Eshbaugh, Professor of Botany Emeritus, Miami University, Oxford, OH

5:15 pm – 6:15 pm: Display of  Smithsonian’s first edition of The Natural History