Illinois State Museum, Springfield

Prairie Restoration and the Challenge of Maintaining Earth’s Biodiversity on a Changing Planet

Dr. Amy McEuen, University of Illinois Springfield
  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thorne Deuel Auditorium
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Dr. McEuen and her lab’s work at the Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon restoration involves tracking the floristic quality of the tallgrass prairie restorations through time and testing whether certain plant species may be better candidates for restoration.

Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists

Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists
Film Screening
  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thorne Deuel Auditorium
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
In conjunction with the current exhibition Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago, the Illinois State Museum will hold a special screening of the award winning film Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists.

Hot Science: Ancient Dogs, New Tricks

Dogs were the first domesticated species and have been human companions for over 16,000 years. This new exhibit will discuss the origin of dogs and their domestication highlighting ISM research on North American dog burials and the role some of these ancient dogs have played in a range of new research questions. Dogs continue to be an important part of modern life and it is clear both species have been changed by the relationship.

Old Dogs…New Tricks

The Remains of Ancient Dogs Provide New Insights about Their Life, Death, and our Long-Running Relationship
  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Thorne Deuel Auditorium
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Forty years of research, continuing even today, on 8,500 year old articulated remains of four dogs at the Koster site provide information on the life, death, and our relationship with these long-established companions.

Illinois Bat Festival

Image of bat, Illinois Bat Festival
  • Illinois State Museum, Springfield
Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Celebrate the unique role of bats in the Great Lakes ecosystem as insect eaters, while dispelling myths and misinformation that generate needless fears and threaten bats and their habitats around the world.


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