FHL presents lecture on naturalist Audubon Aug. 8

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
John James Audubon

BATON ROUGE - Daniel Wilcox, interpretive ranger and longtime curator of collections at Louisiana's Audubon State Historic Site, located in St. Francisville, will speak at the Foundation for Historical Louisiana's (FHL) Heritage Lecture on Thursday, August 8, at the Old Governor's Mansion.

The lecture is free to FHL members and $10 for guests. Wilcox will speak on "John James Audubon: His Time in Louisiana."

Audubon, a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter came to Oakley House in early 1800s to teach painting to the plantation owner's daughter, Eliza Pirrie. He also began painting his famous works of birds of the region.

The original plantation currently houses a vast collection of family artifacts as well as many first editions of Audubon Birds of America prints. As a naturalist himself, Daniel shares insights with thousands of visitors to Oakley and is an expert in the abundant wildlife surrounding the Audubon site.

Wilcox, who holds both a history and communications degree from University of Alabama, has worked as an interpretive ranger for 28 years. Prior to his appointment to the Audubon site in 1995, he worked as an interpretive ranger and on the collections of the Mansfield State Historic Site.

As curator, he oversees all of the handling of the prints, the security, location and management of the prints. He also oversees the interpretative programming at Audubon, one of the most popular tourist sites in Louisiana.

The Heritage Lecture Series is open to FHL members for free and $10 for guests. The public is invited to attend. The event begins at 6 p.m. with refreshments sponsored by Calandro's Select Cellars and Fine Wines and the lecture follows at 6:30 p.m. in the East Room of the mansion.

The Old Governor's Mansion is located at 502 North Boulevard in Baton Rouge. Call 225.387.2464 Foundation Headquarters for further information and to register.