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Cultivating the Wild - William Bartram documentary

Please call the library at 524-3600 to reserve a seat, and please remember that masks are required to be worn at all times in the library.

The hour-long documentary film Cultivating The Wild: William Bartram’s Travels is both a scholarly examination of the scientist’s life and work as well as a meditation on what has come to pass in the more than two hundred and twenty years since Travels was written. Today, the south’s natural resources suffer mightily from neglect and exploitation. The film, by focusing on both Bartram and select 'modern day Bartrams', the people today who continue his work and philosophies, will make a committed stand for our living but vanishing world.
We'll have multiple, limited, by appointment showings of the documentary.

During the same week we'll have suggested readings available from William Bartram's book 'Travels', highlighting what he wrote about our Little Tennessee River Valley when he explored this area in the 1700's.

As a part of this Bartram series during the Smithsonian Water|Ways exhibit's time at the library we'll host a discussion/lecture/Q&A with conservationist, educator, author and historian Brent Martin on our patio garden and outer back yard area on Thursday, August 6.
As an incentive to join all or part of this series, one participant will win a guided kayak trip for two on the Little Tennessee River with Alarka Expeditions.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 3:30pm


Macon County Public Library

149 Siler Farm Rd
Franklin NC

Telephone: 828-524-3600

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Water/Ways has been made possible in Macon County by the North Carolina Humanities Council.

Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Water/Ways was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul (, in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.