How does two ladies having tea in Boston in 1895 relate to a boy born in Haiti a little over 100 years before? All history is a web of seemingly unrelated events tied together in unexpected ways.
In 1785 John Audubon was born in Haiti. At the age of 18 he came to America to avoid serving in Napolean’s Army. From a young age Audubon loved nature and through the years became a very talented artist. He specialized in the study of birds and spent much of his time painting birds in their natural habitat. His paintings were published in a series of books and led to his fame. His passion for wildlife and its environment led him to be known as the forefather of conservationism.
Fast forward to 1895… cousins and Boston Socialites Harriet Hemenway and Minna B. Hall, organized a series of teas. Aware of the destruction left by plume hunters, Hemenway and Hall encouraged a boycott of plumed garments. They encouraged others to “join a society for the protection of birds” and formed the Massachusetts Audubon Society. This organization is now the National Audubon Society we know today.
To learn more about the Audubon Society and its conservation work, visit their website Audubon.org
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