Early American natrualists

Anything to do with choosing, interpreting or developing a persona.
glennallen
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Unread post 27 Apr 2017, 12:26 #1

Here's an persona idea. Explorers took naturalist with them who cataloged the plants and animals they encountered. What a great way to work a love of plants and animals into a persona. Here's one of the early American naturalist:
William Bartram (18th Century American travelling naturalist) was born on 09-Feb-1739 Died: 22-Jul-1823 18th Century American travelling naturalist. A friend of both Benjamin Franklin (after whom he named a plant) and Thomas Jefferson, he was certainly the most well-travelled scientist in America during his lifetime. Bartram travelled with his father in the Southeast during the 1760s, again starting in 1773, and ventured with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their expedition in 1803.
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Le_Loup
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Unread post 27 Apr 2017, 22:13 #2

glennallen wrote:Here's an persona idea. Explorers took naturalist with them who cataloged the plants and animals they encountered. What a great way to work a love of plants and animals into a persona. Here's one of the early American naturalist:
William Bartram (18th Century American travelling naturalist) was born on 09-Feb-1739 Died: 22-Jul-1823 18th Century American travelling naturalist. A friend of both Benjamin Franklin (after whom he named a plant) and Thomas Jefferson, he was certainly the most well-travelled scientist in America during his lifetime. Bartram travelled with his father in the Southeast during the 1760s, again starting in 1773, and ventured with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their expedition in 1803.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.a ... rtram.html
Keith.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

Captain, Armidale NSW Australia chapter.
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glennallen
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Unread post 28 Apr 2017, 13:20 #3

Keith, I am simply amazed by your depth of knowledge and research. I have spent hours on your blog. It is the British museum and the library of congress of historical trekking. You have done us all a great service. Thank you. I thought that a naturalist persona would good for me as it was my childhood dream to become one. Further research into there practices and techniques, equipment etc is going to be fun. It was the enlightenment and science was so young. Someday I would greatly enjoy hearing your story of how you came to trekking and your experiences doing it. I do believe there would be some wisdom in it. Perhaps a book?
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Le_Loup
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Unread post 29 Apr 2017, 00:48 #4

glennallen wrote:Keith, I am simply amazed by your depth of knowledge and research. I have spent hours on your blog. It is the British museum and the library of congress of historical trekking. You have done us all a great service. Thank you. I thought that a naturalist persona would good for me as it was my childhood dream to become one. Further research into there practices and techniques, equipment etc is going to be fun. It was the enlightenment and science was so young. Someday I would greatly enjoy hearing your story of how you came to trekking and your experiences doing it. I do believe there would be some wisdom in it. Perhaps a book?
Thank you Glenn, much appreciated. I think your choice is a great idea, I have always said that living history allows anyone to be what ever they want to be. In this day & age we are not always able to choose the occupation that we would really enjoy. Many of the old occupations no longer exist, & adventuring is also hard to attain these days. I often think that this is part of our youth crime problem. They need adventure & excitement, they need risk taking. Other than through living history this is no longer available to them.
I very much look forward to following you through your progression in your new persona.
Regards, Keith.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

Captain, Armidale NSW Australia chapter.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEOMS ... _as=public
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glennallen
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Unread post 29 Apr 2017, 11:34 #5

It's great fun and fascinating for me. I never cease to find something that amazes me. It proves that there are better ways to do things and life is what you make from it.

There is no one near me who does this and events just are to "political" a have too many people. I do this for the love of it and for the process of discovery. If you don't have a group a persona takes on a different aspect, it's more about what the person did and how they did it than who they were. I like the idea of experimental archaeology I have always loved studying nature so I will study the Bertram's diaries, if I can find them. I want toy find, make, or recreate the methods and techniques they used. Along with collecting specimens and keeping a detailed journal of natural observations.

I have been reading Mark Baker's thesis paper on historical trekking. His story of how he came to trekking is great. I'll bet yours is just as fascinating.

I did mostly Elizabethan period reenactments as a minstrel/musician character, lots of Shakespeare, and the like. I had a Punch and Judy show as well as a Flea circus among other strange and curious occupations. I retired and this is how I combine my love of history, the outdoors, craft, and reconnect to my ancestors by walking their trails. Be of good cheer!
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