VIRTUAL Specimens and Souls: Baptist Naturalists and Bioprospecting in Brazil

DateSeptember 17, 2021
Time10:00 - 11:00 am
DescriptionJoin David Criscione, a Bryce C. Brown Summer Fellow, to learn about his research at the Mayborn. Texas missionary couples Zachary and Kate Taylor and William and Anne Bagby travelled to Brazil to establish the first Baptist missions in the city of Salvador, Bahía, Brazil. Later, Zachary Taylor returned to Texas in 1905 with the skeleton of a humpback whale alongside other natural history artifacts (including plant samples, taxidermized animals, and samples of local culture) from the mission field in Brazil. This presentation explains how these specimens of Brazilian natural history came to the Mayborn Museum’s collections through the fascinating lives of their donors, the Taylors and the Bagbys, and their interests in Brazil’s natural history, peoples, and culture.

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