- July Science & Sangria: Early American Environmental History
*We are now asking for an optional $5 per person donation at our monthly meetings to help pay for speaker meals and group expenses. This is not required, but any donation is appreciated :)* This month we'll hear from Dr. Timothy Hemmis, Assistant Professor of History with a specialization in Early American History at Texas A&M University-Central Texas. Dr. Hemmis will speak about Selling the American Wilderness: Thomas Hutchins and his Environmental Writings and Maps While most people are familiar with Early American naturalists John James Audubon and William Bartram for their writings and paintings, few people have heard of Thomas Hutchins. At the early age of sixteen, Hutchins joined the British Army and eventually became an engineer and geographer. He had a valuable skill of accurately drawing maps. During peace time, the British Army sent him on missions to explore and map the American frontier. On these journeys he wrote extensively about the environment and the climate. He surveyed the lower Great Lakes, the Ohio River, the Mississippi River, and the Gulf South. In his notes he wrote about the positive qualities of the environment along with the possible hostiles in the area. However, as he was working for the army, he was also moonlighted as a land speculator. He used his notes and findings to publish pamphlets and maps to sell the American wilderness. We will meet in the private room in the back right of the restaurant. Food and drink are available for purchase. Don't forget to bring your hard-to-recycle items (white styrofoam, #3-7 plastic, toothpaste & other oral care items, hygiene product containers, contact lenses/cases/foils) to the meeting. They'll be recycled through Fort Hood Recycle and TerraCycle!