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Preserving Natural History

Museum Partners with Library to Bring Special Exhibit 

Athens - In partnership with the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscripts Library at the University of Georgia, the Museum is hosting a special exhibit on the main floor of the Science Library (directions) on the campus of UGA. The display, Preserving Natural History at the University of Georgia, draws from the collections of both the Museum and the Library, combining drawings and paintings by early Southeastern naturalists with actual preserved specimens of their subjects. 

Visitors will find reproductions of works by J. E. Holbrook (1791-1874), Mark Catesby (1682-1749), John Abbot (1751-1840), and John James Audubon (1785-1851) from books in the Hargrett natural history collection. Specimens from the ichthyology, herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy, and entomology collections of the museum allow comparison of the painting with real examples. In addition, information about the lives of the organisms is included in the display. 

To view an online exhibition of the display, please visit our gallery. 

This exhibit is part of Georgia Archives Week, will continue through the rest of October, and was made possible with the help of Lee Hartle, Liz McGhee (and two of her interns, Tommy and Erin), Carol Hoffman, Cecil Smith, Kim Leissner, Carrie Straight, Chuck Barber, Mary Ellen Brooks, Diana Hartle, and Jacquie Houston. 

If you are interested in learning more about the natural world, please visit our Discovery Room, and for more information about the museum, call 542-1663. 

-by Michael Kennerty, Georgia Museum of Natural History, October 10, 2005

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