Sternberg Museum hosts anniversary presentations

As part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Fort Hays State University Sternberg Museum of Natural History's move into its home in the dome, a series of informational speakers has been scheduled this fall.

All presentations are free and open to the public, and all will be in the museum's Engel Educational Center.

First up is Dr. Gene Fleharty, professor emeritus of biological sciences at FHSU, who will present "History and Development of the Decorative Decoy and Its Role in Early Hunting" from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

Joseph T. Collins, director of the Center for North American Herpetology and adjunct curator of herpetology at the Sternberg Museum, will present "Snake Tales" from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Dr. Kim Perez, associate professor of history at FHSU will speak about "Wunderkammer and Cabinets of Curiosity: Natural History Museums in the Renaissance" from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14.

The museum was dedicated at its current location in northeast Hays after an eight-year, $11 million fundraising project in 1999. The Museum of the High Plains and what had become, in 1969, the Sternberg Memorial Museum were merged into the Fort Hays State University Museums. They became the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in 1994.

For more information, contact Brian Bartels, museum educator, at (785) 628-5502 or at

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