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The Inaugural John James Audubon International Symposium
September 17–18, 2021
St. Francisville, Louisiana
History was made on June 18, 1821, when John James Audubon disembarked the Columbia Steamboat and walked to the James Pirrie farm, Oakley. Audubon was mesmerized by the hilly, bluffed terrain of the countryside and astonished by the large, variety of birds than flew in and out of the trees. This short walk spurred Audubon to restart his work on his Birds of America portfolio.
This year marks the bicentennial anniversary of John James Audubon’s life and work in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. As part of the celebration, the West Feliciana Parish Tourist Commission is hosting the first John James Audubon International Symposium, September 17 and 18, 2021. This will be the only annual symposium dedicated to the life and work of John James Audubon.
Audubon Under the Oaks Gala
Saturday, September 18
Audubon Historic Site
4 pm–7 pm
$75.00 per person
The celebration continues at Oakley Plantation! To mark the 200th anniversary of John James Audubon’s visit to the Felicianas, this gala will offer an elegant evening of fine Louisiana cuisine and refreshments, served in the shadow of Oakley House—where Audubon painted 32 of the bird species included in his famous Birds of America portfolio. Enjoy beautiful music and the camaraderie of old and new friends as you dine under majestic oak trees.
Tickets for the evening are $75 per person, and quantities are limited.