Few books are as important to North Carolina history as John Lawson’s “A New Voyage to Carolina,” published in London in 1709. To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the book, the N.C. Office of Archives and History will host a symposium Oct. 9-10 at locations in and around the North Carolina Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.
The symposium begins on Friday, Oct. 9, at 1:30 p.m.; the focus that day will be natural history. The symposium continues Saturday, Oct. 10, at 8:30 a.m., and will examine Lawson and his times; part of that day's program is at the State Capitol.
The keynote speaker is Mark Laird, who serves as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Other speakers include E. Thomson Shields Jr., associate professor of English at East Carolina University; Vincent Bellis, professor emeritus of biology at ECU; Perry Mathewes, Education Program Manager at Norfolk Botanical Garden; John Hairr, Manager of the House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site; Lindley S. Butler, historical consultant and Historian for the Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project; Kathy O. McGill, of George Mason University; Bea Latham, of Historic Bath State Historic Site; Patricia Samford, director of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory; Charles R. Ewen, a professor in the Department of Anthropology at East Carolina University; and Marcus Simpson Jr., Vice-chairman of the Department of Pathology and Director of Clinical Laboratories at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.
The $25 registration fee covers all lectures, a Friday afternoon reception, the Friday evening dinner and a Saturday morning continental breakfast. Please return a check payable to the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association by Oct. 2, to Parker Backstrom, 4610 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4610.
Concurrent with the symposium, the N.C. Museum of History will open the exhibit “A New Land, ‘A New Voyage’: John Lawson’s Exploration of Carolina” on Oct. 9. The exhibit, which will feature artifacts, specimens, illustrations and other objects related to Lawson’s travels in the Carolina colony, will be on view through Feb. 15, 2010.
N.C. Office of Archives & History,
N.C. Department of Cultural Resources
MSC 4610, Raleigh, NC 27699-4610
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