The Williams Research Center Symposium
Annually since 1996
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal Street
The name “Louisiana” had barely been fixed upon maps when Pierre Le Moyne, sieur d’Iberville, penned a memorandum outlining a “business plan” for France’s New World colony. His interest in the natural wealth of the Mississippi Valley and eastern Gulf Coast was more economic and strategic than purely scientific. The use of natural resources in service to the mother country drove the agenda, but an element of pure scientific curiosity would begin to enter official activities. Throughout the French and Spanish colonial periods and into Louisiana’s statehood, naturalists collected specimens and recorded their discoveries in words and pictures. Capturing the imagination of those miles away and across the seas, early explorers’ interactions with strange lands expanded understanding of the known world and its vastly different environments. Such discoveries continue today, delighting us, amazing us, and strengthening our commitment to the health of our environment. On Saturday, February 23, The Historic New Orleans Collection will examine this timeless topic at the 18th annual Williams Research Center and in the accompanying exhibition, Seeking the Unknown: Natural History Observations in Louisiana, 1698–1840.
THNOC Member $75 Early Registration (on or before February 1) $75 Late Registration (after February 1) $85 Student/Teacher (on or before February 1) $40 Student/Teacher (after February 1) $50
Click here or call (504) 523-4662 to register.
To cancel your registration, submit a written statement with your name, e-mail address, and/or telephone number to the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Cancellations may also be e-mailed to email@example.com or faxed to (504) 598-7168. Refunds will not be granted for cancellation notices received after Friday, February 1, 2013.
The Hotel Monteleone is offering a discounted rate of $159/night plus tax, parking included. For reservations call (504) 523-3341 or send a fax to (800) 217-2033 by February 2, 2013, and mention The Historic New Orleans Collection–Symposium.
A variety of additional dining options are available within walking distance of the symposium.
* Premium Parking, 716 Iberville Street, $10/day
* Solaris Parking, 721 Iberville Street, $20/day
* Additional parking is available throughout the French Quarter and along the riverfront.
*Participants must have parking passes validated at the symposium to receive the reduced rates. Please note that these rates are available only during the event and are not valid for overnight parking.
The Collection honors this year's sponsors:
and the Consulate General of Canada
Above: Pichou, by Antoine Simon Le Page du Pratz, 1758; The Historic New Orleans Collection (1980.205.22i)