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ORNC Council Speaker Series – The Natural History Society of Maryland and the quest for a State Natural History Museum

Date/Time
Date(s) - Monday, March 18, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location
Oregon Ridge Nature Center

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ORNC Council Speaker Series - The Natural History Society of Maryland and the quest for a State Natural History Museum

Charlie Davis, consulting ecologist, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, NHSM and founding member of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Ridge Nature Center Council
Surprisingly, Maryland is one of the few states that doesn’t have a state natural history museum. State museums provide local knowledge of the historic and current conditions of the nature in the state. Based on natural science collections, they allow repeated observations of nature, material for scientific research, and the physical reference for the names of organisms – among many other uses. These museums inspire, teach, and fascinate people of all ages. But currently Maryland’s collections are scattered among government agencies, colleges, private companies, and private holdings – and many are out-of-state. Their long-term care and use are threatened by changing budget priorities and abandonment by owners. How did this happen? What can we do about it?
Since its founding in 1929, The Natural History Society of Maryland has had as part of its mission the establishment of a state natural history museum. In this presentation Davis will explore the stories of the people and organizations who since the early 1800s have worked to establish such a museum in Maryland, and the current activities of the Natural History Society toward that same end. The presentation will include a display of some of the Society’s collections. The collections will inspire you, and the stories will stay with you for a long time.
Adults
FREE (donations appreciated)
No registration required.