(Rural Life, Tryon Palace Collection)
Our July garden lecture series, features Lindy Cummings, Tryon Palace Research Historian, discussing “Fair Flowers: Women Botanists in the Age of Enlightenment and Beyond.”
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the 19th Amendment, granting universal suffrage rights to women. In celebration of this milestone, the July garden lecture will examine the lives of women who, although denied educational opportunities and legal rights, still made significant contributions to the field of botany in the 18th and 19th centuries. Whether introducing new agricultural staples like rice, as did the young Eliza Lucas in mid-18th century South Carolina or planting the brilliant spider lilies that continue to bloom in New Bern, like Lavinia Cole Roberts, these women overcame social and cultural obstacles to leave their mark on fields traditionally reserved for men.
This lecture is free and begins at 10 a.m. in Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center.