Exploring the West with Audubon: The Last Expedition
“Exploring the West with John James Audubon: The Last Expedition,” an illustrated lecture by Dr. Robert McCracken Peck, Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, Philadelphia. Tremaine Gallery. Followed by an opening reception of the exhibition Wild and Beautiful Creature: The Life and Work of J.J. Audubon , 4-6pm. The lecture and opening will be at the Tremaine Gallery, Hotchkiss School.
After recently completing The Birds of America, in the spring of 1843, John James Audubon set out on an expedition into the American West to collect information and specimens for a book on mammals. He departed from St. Louis with a group of friends and colleagues up the Missouri River to Yellowstone. This last great adventure is the subject of Robert McCracken Peck’s presentation, which will include some of Audubon’s paintings from the American West as well as specimens and artifacts gathered during his nine-month expedition.
Robert McCracken Peck, curator of art and artifacts and senior fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, is a writer, naturalist, and historian. Peck is the author of A Glorious Enterprise: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Making of American Science, with co-author Patricia Tyson Stroud; Land of the Eagle: A Natural History of North America as well as several additional books on natural history. He has also written for newspapers and a wide range of popular and scholarly publications.