Sternberg Museum brings back old favorites for 'Museum Memories -- A Centennial Exhibition'

Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History will open a new exhibit to coincide with the university's Centennial Homecoming.

The exhibit, "Museum Memories -- A Centennial Exhibition," features a review of many items from the museum's collections that have not been on display since the museum re-opened in the dome in 1999.

"A lot of people have been asking about things they remember from the old museum on campus, so we wanted to bring some of them out for people to see again," said Dr. Jerry Choate, museum director.

The exhibit opens on Friday, Oct. 11, the start of Fort Hays State University's Centennial year Homecoming celebration.

"We wanted an exhibit that would highlight the history of the museum and the university, and showing some of the old collections again is a great way to do that," Choate said.

The exhibit will feature the giant Bissing church clock, some of the museum's collection of guns, dresses, furniture, FHSU memorabilia -- and the shrunken head.

"We had to show the head. I think that is the most asked about object from the old museum," Choate laughed.

The exhibit is scheduled to remain on display for more than a year, through Homecoming 2003. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is closed Mondays.

For more information, contact the museum toll free at 1-877-332-1165 or visit the Web site at

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