Eminent Pigeon Fanciers: How Everyday Victorians Contributed to Science

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Learn how pigeon breeders, fern collectors, butterfly enthusiasts, and more contributed to scientific knowledge in the nineteenth century and how you can follow in their footsteps.

Presented at Symposium 2019 by Dr. Renea Frey

The study of Natural History was a popular past time in the Victorian era, inspiring everyday people to explore, collect, and document nature in hopes of understanding the way that life evolved and worked. In this workshop, we will talk about the contributions that men and women of the past made to scientific knowledge of the time, as well as how we can participate in these endeavors today.


Dr. Renea Frey is a professor of Rhetoric and the Writing Program Director in the English Department at Xavier University. Her research interests include nineteenth-century writing, persuasion, culture, and discourse, including women’s writing and the emergence of science as a discipline.

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