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History, I wish to invite you to a free symposium, open to the public,
opening the forthcoming "Whales: From Bone to Book" exhibition in the
Evans Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of
Natural History, in Washington, D.C.
This exhibition, presented in collaboration with Smithsonian Libraries
and the National Museum of Natural History's Department of Paleobiology,
explores the Smithsonian's legacy of studying cetaceans using original
photographs from the field, actual museum specimens, and scientific
literature. The exhibit also features rare books from the Joseph F.
Cullman 3d, Library of Natural History and the Kellogg Library of Marine
Mammalogy. The histories of each object, and their connections to the
overall study of cetology, provide compelling illustrations of the
different narratives in the process of natural history, tracing how
bones travel from a beach or cliff wall to a museum collection, and
then, finally, published on paper. The exhibition will run from May 2013
through May 2014.
The symposium, "Whale Research at the Smithsonian - Past, Present and
Future," will be on Thursday June 6, 2013, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm in the
Baird Auditorium at the National Museum of Natural History, on the Mall
in downtown Washington, D.C. Speaker list includes: Prof. R. Ewan
Fordyce (University of Otago); Prof. D. Graham Burnett (Princeton
University); Dr. Stephen Godfrey (Calvert Marine Museum); and Dr.
Nicholas Pyenson (Smithsonian). The symposium is FREE and OPEN to the
public! Please RSVP to SILRSVP@si.edu or 202.633.1699
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