January 12, 2023

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Department of Archives and History

Archives to Host Food For Thought Lunchtime Lecture on Thursday, January 19 at 12:00 pm

Press Release - For Immediate Release


Media Contact: Georgia Ann Hudson


(334) 353-3312 or georgiaann.hudson@archives.alabama.gov



FOOD FOR THOUGHT LUNCHTIME LECTURE AT THE ARCHIVES 
ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 19 AT 12:00 PM
TRAVELING WITH WILLIAM BARTRAM AND FRIENDS
 PRESENTED BY KATHRYN BRAUND

Montgomery, AL (11/12/2023) – The Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) will begin its 2023 Food For Thought lunchtime lecture series on Thursday, January 19, at 12:00 PM. Dr. Kathryn Braund will present Traveling With William Bartram and Friends. The program will be held at the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) in Montgomery. It will also be livestreamed through the ADAH’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Admission is FREE.

Dr. Braund, an expert on eighteenth-century naturalist William Bartram’s observations of the southeastern Indians, was puzzled by Bartram’s descriptions of alligators he encountered during his tour of the South in the 1770s. This curiosity sparked an in-depth research project resulting in an essay included in The Attention of a Traveller: Essays on William Bartram's Travels and Legacy (University of Alabama Press), a 2022 publication edited by Braund. During this presentation, she will discuss Bartram’s writings on alligators and provide an overview of other research by fellow scholars found in the book. 

Prior to her retirement in 2020, Dr. Braund was the Hollifield Professor of Southern History at Auburn University. She holds a M.A. from Auburn and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. Braund has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books on southeastern Indians, the Federal Road, and William Bartram. 

Copies of The Attention of a Traveller: Essays on William Travels and Legacy are available for purchase in the ADAH’s Museum Store and online at shopalabamaoriginal.org.

For additional information, call (334) 353-4689. A complete schedule of our 2023 lunchtime lecture series is available at archives.alabama.gov. Food for Thought 2022 is sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Alliance and the Friends of the Alabama Archives. 

The Alabama Department of Archives and History is the state’s government-records repository, a special-collections library and research facility, and home to the Museum of Alabama, the state history museum. It is located in downtown Montgomery, directly across Washington Avenue from the State Capitol. The Museum of Alabama is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30. The EBSCO Research Room is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30. To learn more, visit www.archives.alabama.gov or call (334) 242-4364. 

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Alabama Department of Archives & History 
624 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36130
www.archives.alabama.gov



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