This illustrated lecture by historian Victoria Johnson features her highly acclaimed new book, American Eden. Johnson tells the story of David Hosack, family doctor and friend to Hamilton and Burr and the man they chose to serve as attending physician at their July, 1804 duel. Today, Hosack is a shadowy figure at the edge of that famous duel, the great achievements of his life forgotten. But in 1801, on 20 acres of Manhattan farmland, Hosack founded the first public botanical garden in the new nation, amassing a spectacular collection of medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental plants that brought him worldwide praise. Today, his former garden is the site of Rockefeller Center.
Named in honor of the late Mrs. Lammot DuPont Copeland, the Copeland Lecture Fund exists to bring outstanding speakers to inspire and motivate the audience toward environmentally-informed stewardship of the regional landscape.
Refreshments will be served. Wine and beer available for purchase.