Nature Lecture: "When Women Seldom Traveled Alone: Botanist Mary Beal"
- Date: 12/05/2018 6:30 PM
- Location: Palm Springs Public Library - The Learning Center
300 S. Sunrise Way
Palm Springs, California 92262
When Women Seldom Traveled Alone:
Botanist Mary Beal Wandered the California Deserts in Search of Rare Plants
With Julia Sizek
Join us on Wednesday, December 5th for the nature lecture When Women Seldom Traveled Alone: Botanist Mary Beal Wandered the California Deserts in Search of Rare Plants with Julia Sizek. Learn the story of Mary Beal who was a pioneering amateur botanist of the Mojave Desert at the turn of the century. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC). This program is presented in partnership with the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park.
Though she was only an amateur, Mary Beal corresponded with famous botanists of the time—Willis Linn Jepson, one of California’s most distinguished botanists—as well as other famous figures while she lived on the Van Dyke Ranch in Daggett. This talk will outline Mary Beal’s life in the context of wider happenings in Southeastern California, from the end of the silver rush at Calico (only six miles away from Daggett) to the growing popularity of the desert in Randall Henderson’s Desert Magazine.
Julia Sizek is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on contemporary land management conflicts in the checkerboard of private and public land in the eastern portions of the Mojave Desert in southeastern California. She studies both contemporary environmental issues as well as local history and efforts at cultural and historic preservation.
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