To see NMNH at its best is to see its staff sharing their passion for science and community. The recent Centennial Festival – Looking Both Ways: Past & Forward – found both these passions in abundance with over thirty activities spanning all three floors of the Museum’s public space. Here are just a few of the highlights:
- Forensic anthropologists and curators of the Written in Bone exhibit, Dr. Doug Owsley and Kari Bruwelheide, shared the investigation into the death of 19th-century naturalist Robert Kennicott
- “Snugglepus the Platypus” surprised and delighted children in the Behring Family Hall of Mammals, as did a costumed shark in the Sant Ocean Hall (pictured at right)
- Chief of Temporary Exhibitions Barbara Stauffer challenged visitors to imagine future exhibits at the Museum and encouraged them
to share their fondest NMNH memories
- Karen McDonald demonstrated the principles of scientific illustration with new technology.
- Special guest (and world champion elk and turkey caller) Gregory Hubbell, Jr. shared sounds from the wild and James Foote (pictured at left) brought a little presidential flair with his impersonation of Theodore Roosevelt.
Feeling like you missed out? Don’t worry! Many of these activities occur on a regular basis. Even if you can’t make it to the Museum, we hope to hear from you! Share your memories, help us imagine our future, and stay in touch by email, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. As we celebrate our past, we’re looking forward to the next one hundred years.
Sarah Banks, Social Media and Special Projects Manager, Office of Education and Outreach
**Special thanks to Margery Gordon and her assistant Elizabeth Gerold for their herculean efforts to bring us all together for this memorable event!