New Exhibition at the Great Falls Discovery Center: February 17- March 31
READING THE ROCKY BOOK OF THE PAST:
Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley
Family Learning Exhibit. Opening Event Saturday, February 17, 1-4 pm
2 Avenue A, Turners Falls
“Reading the Rocky Book of the Past—Dinosaur Footprints in the Connecticut River Valley" focuses on the 19th-century discovery of dinosaur footprints in the Connecticut River Valley and the local people, especially Dexter Marsh and Edward Hitchcock, who played starring roles in the story. This traveling exhibit features two simulated 19th-century cabinets (precursors to today's museums), a "make your own collection" takeaway activity, dinosaur track reproductions and other "touch-its" and learning opportunities. Many labels are in English and Spanish.
The opening event on Saturday, February 17th, from 1-4 pm includes a variety of learning stations for all generations to enjoy: “meet” Orra White Hitchcock and try your hand at botanical drawing and painting; make an imitation fossil out of clay; see and learn about real fossils; make our own small collection of gems and shells; or relax with dinosaur books and puzzles and enjoy dino-themed refreshments.
The exhibit is in conjunction with the recent launch of PVMA’s educational website, "Impressions from a Lost World" (www.dinotracksdiscovery.org). Both the exhibit and website focus on the colorful history of the discovery of dinosaur tracks in the Connecticut River Valley in the 1800s. Sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and members and donors of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.