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New documentary on John James Audubon to air on KET


New documentary on John James Audubon to air on KET

For Release: 04/12/17 11:00 AM

Audubon, a new one-hour documentary, spotlights iconic 19th-century painter and naturalist John James Audubon, who explored the American frontier in search of “the feathered tribes” he loved and studied. The program airs Monday, April 24 at 9/8 pm on KET.

Audubon harbored a passion for studying birds throughout his life, and he set out to study and document as many North American species as possible – often making expeditions throughout the country to observe them. His book The Birds of America, a collection of hand-colored prints published in sections between 1827 and 1838, is considered one of the finest ornithological books ever created.

Born in France in 1785, Audubon immigrated to the United States in 1803 at the age of 18. In 1808, he moved to Kentucky, married and began a family. By 1810, he had moved his trading business from Louisville to Henderson, Ky., where he lived until 1819. Today, the John James Audubon State Park in Henderson is home to several of his handwritten journals as well as one of the largest collections of original Audubon art in the world.

Audubon is a production of WETA.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications