AN EXCURSION TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS: THE LIFE AND TRAVELS OF JOHN KIRK TOWNSEND

Posted October 9th, 2009 at 8:31 am.

The Friends of the Ewell Sale Stewart Library at the The Academy of Natural Sciences present
AN EXCURSION TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS:
THE LIFE AND TRAVELS OF JOHN KIRK TOWNSEND
Thursday, October 15, 2009, 5:30 p.m.
The Academy of Natural Sciences
Ewell Sale Stewart Library
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Free and open to the public.
Please RSVP via 215-299-1040 or library@ansp.org
Visit the website at http://www.ansp.org//adult-programs/lectures.php

John Kirk Townsend (1809-1851) helped shape American science and history with a pioneering trip across North America in 1834 on behalf of the Academy of Natural Sciences. His many natural history discoveries were greeted with enthusiasm by the members of the Academy and his specimens were used as models by John James Audubon in The Birds of America and The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America. His narrative of that trip, Narrative of a Journey Across The Rocky Mountains to the Columbia River, is considered a classic of American travel literature.

To commemorate the bicentennial of Townsend’s birth, Academy Fellow Robert Peck will present an illustrated talk about Townsend and his remarkable life. Mr. Peck, Senior Fellow and Curator of Art and Artifacts at the Academy of Natural Sciences, is an author, naturalist, historian and world traveler.

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