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SALON: Flora & Fauna

  • 251 Benefit Street
  • Providence, RI 02903
  • Phone (401) 421-6970
  • Dates: March 31, 2017
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Price: Free & open to the public
Overview

SALON: The Brown University Herbarium

The Brown University Herbarium was founded in 1869 when the university acquired the collections of the Providence Franklin Society and Stephen Thayer Olney. Their combined collections included around 100,000 plant specimens gathered by various expeditions and collectors of the era, as well as a survey of Rhode Island flora from the middle of the 19th century. Tim Whitfield, Collections Manager at the Herbarium, discusses the institution’s founding botanists (many of whom were Athenæum members) and the history of this fascinating depository of Rhode Island and New England collections.

Reservations required.