Botany Behind the Scenes

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Online

Fee: 

Free with Registration

How do museums use plants in modern day research? Find out on a virtual behind-the-scenes tour of the Illinois State Museum's herbarium, home to the museum's botany collection, and the archaeobotany lab, where plant material from archaeological sites are studied. Curator of Botany Dr. Hong Qian will open the cabinets of the herbarium and discuss how specimens are stored and used in research. Archaeology Research Associate Marge Schroeder will show how plants can provide a window into the historic and prehistoric past. This program is free with registration. Register at http://bit.ly/ismbotanytour

This program is part of the Big Read Sangamon County sponsored by LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning. The NEA Big Read: Sangamon County will focus on “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowments for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org with questions. 

the archaeobotany lab, where plant material from archaeological sites are studied

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