Plants and Planter:
Henry William Ravenel
and the Convergence of
Science and Agriculture
in the 19th-Century South
Saturday September 20, 2014
Currell College Auditorium 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
* * * Admission is Free * * *
This event is organized in partnership with the
A. C. Moore Herbarium, McKissick Museum, and
South Caroliniana Library.
Join us for a series of talks commemorating the 200th birthyear of a remarkable 19th-century South Carolina Scientist and alumnus of South
Carolina College (USC).
Henry William Ravenel (1814-1887) was a world renowned Botanist and Mycologist. As a member of an international network of
correspondents, Ravenel exchanged herbarium specimens and botanical knowledge with some of the most well known scientists during his time. While
recognized as a premier southern scientist by his colleagues (especially for his studies on North American fungi), he was equally conversant with a
more popular audience and published numerous articles relating to agriculture and home gardening. He was an indefatigable field biologist and his
observations on plant growth, behavior, and habitat preference exceeded the limits of Systematic Botany and approached the fields of Economic Botany,
Public Health, and Ecology.
During the span of his life-long efforts, Ravenel amassed a collection of 10 to 12 thousand plant specimens, the sum total of which was nearly
purchased by the University of South Carolina (then South Carolina College) in the mid 1880's. While this deal was never struck and portions of his
collections were sold posthumously in lots to the British Museum (a subset now at Kew Gardens) and Converse College (a small portion of this went to
the Biltmore Estate), the vast majority of his vascular plant collections are now held in the A. C. Moore Herbarium in the Department of Biological
Sciences at the University of South Carolina. Officially referred to as "The Henry William Ravenel Collection of Converse College", this collection
boasts upwards of 6,000 specimens of vascular plants and includes some very rare and, now, locally extinct species as well as many type specimens.
Featured speakers will touch on these topics and much more...
|9 a.m.||- Rudy Mancke||- The importance of natural history collections|
|10 a.m.||- David Rembert||- USC and HWR: The Student, the Scientist, the Botanist|
- Historic Horseshoe
- A. C. Moore Herbarium
- McKissick Museum - Natural History Collections
- South Caroliniana Library
|Noon||BREAK FOR LUNCH|
|1 p.m.||- Richard Porcher||- South Carolina's 19th-Century coastal landscape: implications for Ravenel and his contemporaries|
|2 p.m.||- Harry Shealy||- Henry Ravenel: The Aiken years|
|3 p.m.||Viewing of exhibit (McKissick Museum 2nd floor lobby)|
Directions to Currell College
On street parking:
As this event is scheduled on a Saturday and the Gamecocks will not be playing at home, there should be ample opportunity for parallel parking on
surrounding roadways. Please check enforcement times for any metered spaces as these may vary.
Pendleton Street Garage - RECOMMENDED:
Metered spaces in this garage are not enforced on Saturdays. map
Bull Street Garage:
There is limited metered parking available, and there may be heavy traffic in this area related to an orientation event. Again please check
enforcement times for this garage as they may vary. map