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Cabinets of Curiosity: Celebrating Natural History Collections

September 8, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Conservation Symposium | Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Friday, September 8, 2017
$20/person ($25 after Sept. 1)

In the United States, there are about 1,800 natural history collections that, in total, hold an estimated 1 billion specimens. The museums and other institutions that house these collections can only display a fraction of the specimens they contain (often less than 1%), which has led some to question the need to keep all that stuff?

But natural history collections are scientific goldmines waiting to be tapped. The 2017 Conservation Symposium explores their value by showcasing the diverse and prolific collections of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and how these collections are used by scientists, engineers and educators. Museum scientists explain how their work is allowing them to retrieve data from specimens that are helping to answer questions about evolution, climate change, disease and more. Join us as we celebrate natural history collections from the discoveries that they’ve revealed to date, to insights still to come.

This year’s symposium will feature Darrin Lunde, author of The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt, A Lifetime of Exploration, and the Triumph of American Natural History. Mr. Lunde’s presentation titled Theodore Roosevelt: A Lifetime Museum Naturalist will trace Roosevelt’s advocacy for natural history collections in America and his ideal that the most effective conservation measures stem from a firm grasp of the natural sciences, all of which have their foundations in museum collections.

Join us for additional presentations focused on the Museum’s collections, archives and educational resources, as well as crayfish, herbaria and a recently described species of mantis. #ConservationSympCLE


September 8, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oral Drive
Cleveland, OH 44106 United States
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