- Illinois State Museum, Springfield
From the late 1800s to the 1960s, the Oliver S. Biggs family of San Jose Illinois passed the knowledge of taxidermy from one generation to the next. Building on the family’s taxidermy collection, Oliver’s daughter Hazel developed a natural history museum and library visited by area school children. ISM Curator of Zoology, Dr. Meredith Mahoney will discuss the Biggs family story and specimens from the family collection now housed at the Illinois State Museum.
"Tales from the Vault" is a collaborative program hosted by the Illinois State Museum, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and Lincoln’s Home National Historic Site that allows the public to discover some of the treasures from these institutions' collections.
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