FHL Heritage Lecture at Old Governor's Mansion June 12

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
Randy Harelson

BATON ROUGE - The Foundation for Historical Louisiana will sponsor its Heritage Lecture on Thursday, June 12 at the Old Governor's Mansion.

The lecture will be presented by Pointe Coupee preservationist and author Randy Harelson and is entitled “On the Trail of Naturalist William Bartram.”

The lecture is presented in conjunction with Hilltop Arboretum, which is working to create historical markers in this region along Bartram's Trail.

The trail and the historical markers were originally established in 1970 to celebrate Bartram's 200th anniversary of his travels. Markers have been placed in most of the states he explored, but Louisiana is without those markers at the present, according to Harelson. 

This lecture will include an overview of the Bartram's history as a naturalist, his path through our region and the upcoming plans for placing several markers in key places in Baton Rouge and Pointe Coupee.

Calandro’s Select Cellars and Fine Wines will host the reception beginning at 6 p.m. with the meeting to follow in the East Room of the Old Governor’s Mansion at 502 North Boulevard in Baton Rouge at 6:30 p.m.

FHL headquarters are located in the Old Governor's Mansion, 502 North Boulevard, in Baton Rouge. Individuals are encouraged to pre-register for the event via or by phone at 225-387-2464.