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Lecture: Lewis David von Schweinitz, Scientist

May 22, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Talk by Dr. David Hewitt
at the Gemeinhaus Saal, Moravian Museum, Bethlehem, PA (Reception to follow in Central Moravian Church)

Please register through Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites.

Early 19th-century administrator of the Moravian Church Lewis David von Schweinitz was an integral part of the scientific communities of Europe and the U.S. Schweinitz also produced numerous exquisite illustrations of plants and fungi. This illustrated talk will discuss highlights of Schweinitz’s scientific career, his fundamental contributions to botany and mycology (the study of fungi), and a selection of the botanical and mycological illustrations that he produced.

About the speaker: Over the past few decades, David Hewitt has worked as a biologist in a number of different disciplines, including botany and mycology, and his first research publication was about Lewis David von Schweinitz.  David is affiliated with the Philadelphia Botanical Club and the Department of Botany at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.  His work has included a variety of peer-reviewed and popular publications, and courses, lectures, public presentations, and workshops on botany, mycology, the history of science, and other topics.  David’s PhD is from Harvard University, in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.

Co-sponsored by Central Moravian Church’s Care for Creation and History Committees, Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites, and the Moravian Archives 


May 22, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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41 West Locust Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018 United States