Pachyderms to take over Sternberg Museum with help of volunteers

With the help of volunteers, elephants will be moving into Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum for the summer.

"'Elephants!' is going to be big," said Dr. Jerry Choate, director of Sternberg Museum, said of the museum's newest traveling exhibit. "It is going to be very informative with regard to lives of elephants, their biology, their paleontology, their evolution."

Setting up the exhibit would be an enormous task for only the museum's staff, so they are looking for volunteers to help set up the gigantic display.

"We just need extra pairs of hands. They don't necessarily have to be strong hands. They just have to belong to somebody with a desire to help us out and the willingness to accept no pay," Sternberg's Volunteer Program Coordinator Mark Kellerman said with a laugh.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 22 through Friday, May 26. Volunteers don't have to commit to the entire week but if they can spend a morning or afternoon lending a helping hand, the museum would appreciate it, Kellerman said.

Anyone interested in setting up the display can contact Kellerman at (785) 628-5298.

"Elephants!" will open Saturday, May 27 and run until Sunday, Sept. 3.

Covering their 50-million-year history, the interactive adventure will follow the lives of elephants from the Ice Age to the present day using fossils and displays about the animals' importance to cultures around the world through the ages.

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