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A Gathering of Great Minds: A lead up to The Field Museum

In a Chicago newspaper communication, Frederick W. Putnam first proposed the idea of a Natural History Museum. Then the Curator of the Peabody Museum and Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University, Putnam believed the Columbian World Fair offered a great opportunity to make "an important contribution to science" by presenting ethnographic exhibitions of past and present peoples of America at the Fair. Initially, Putnam's ideas received great opposition, but Putnam refused to be silenced.

The 1893 Columbian World's Fair: A lead up to The Field Museum

On May 1, 1893, The Chicago World’s Fair opened to the public. This magnificent exposition stood right along the lake front, spanning more than 630 acres. With a 264-foot-high Ferris Wheel and spectacular buildings, mostly of the neoclassical architectural style, the Fair demonstrated the global presence and prosperity that Chicago had to offer. Marked as a great public endeavor for the city, the idea of a World’s Fair actually began a decade earlier. The first public proposal to hold a fair in Chicago was submitted to a Chicago newspaper by a local dentist by the name of Dr.

Member Scavenger Hunt

The Field Museum collections represent life and the world we live in.  We see examples of objects in our daily life that can be found at The Field Museum, such as plants, animals, and that dinosaur in your backyard (well, maybe not that last one).  With your Field Museum membership, you can visit our collection in the museum anytime you want, and now we have a way for you to take the Field Museum with you.  Whether you visit The Field Museum or go on another adventure this summer, take this scavenger hunt with you on your next car trip to see how many Field Museum related ite

Mammals Collections at Members' Nights

As we are preparing for Members’ Nights, I wanted to start by highlighting one of the more popular activities.  So popular, in fact, that we are moving it out of the Collections Resource Center and giving the Mammals Collections the entire West Lobby.  In this area, you will learn the process of how specimens are cleaned and prepared for our collections and learn how Field Museum scientists are conducting research on the evolution and ecology of mammals, and how that aids conservation efforts around the world.  But let’s face it; this is where you will see the blo