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Museum of the Earth at the Paleontological Research Institution (Ithaca, NY 14850-1313)
Elizabeth Williams Stricker (Project Director: January 2014 to present)

Lives Unearthed: A History of Women in American Paleontology

Planning of a traveling exhibition on the history of under-appreciated contributions of women to the field of paleontology in the United States.

For over 200 years, American women have contributed to paleontology and our understanding of the history of life. These contributions have never received the wide recognition of those made by men. Women's paleontological work was frequently unpublished or published without adequate acknowledgment. Tracing the contributions and experiences of women in paleontology, from a long-term historical perspective, will provide fascinating insights and an inspiring perspective on women in science seldom presented to the public. The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI) is uniquely positioned to share these untold stories in the form of a new traveling exhibition with associated programming, website, and book. In this planning project PRI will work with interpretive planners, evaluation consultants, historians, scientists, and museum educators to interview intended audiences, develop content, research artifacts and specimens, plan public programs, and begin preliminary exhibition design.

Project fields:
History of Science; U.S. History; Women's History

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2014 – 9/30/2015