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Ithaca Explores Human Origins featuring Discovery Trail Weekend

Ithaca Explores Human Origins featuring Discovery Trail Weekend

Location: TCPL, PRI, and other locations, details below

Date: December 17th -18th

Join members of the Discovery Trail as they present programs related to “Ithaca Explores Human Origins”, a three-month exploration of what it means to be human. The Discovery Trail weekend takes place December 17th -18th.

Tompkins County Public Library

Through December 22nd, TCPL presents the American Library Association/Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History traveling exhibit “Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean To Be Human.” TCPL is a co-presenter of “Ithaca Explores Human Origins.” View the Smithsonian's 1200-square-foot display with panels, interactive kiosks, media presentations, 3D skull casts, and a life-sized Neanderthal mother and child statue. Exhibit is free and open to the public. 101. E Green St. Ithaca, NY 14850. Learn more at www.tcpl.org

Paleontological Research Institution

The Paleontological Research Institution’s (PRI’s) Museum of the Earth will be unveiling “Evolution of the Human Skull.” Featuring real specimens and casts, this display will discuss the evolutionary forces that shaped the human skull by examining the skull characteristics of apes, hominids, and humans. PRI is a co-presenter of “Ithaca Explores Human Origins.” Free with admission to the Museum of the Earth. 1259 Trumansburg Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850. Learn more at www.priweb.org

Cornell Botanic Gardens

Cornell Botanic Gardens present “Ah-Theuh-Nyeh-Hah: The Planting Moon”, a collaboration between the Botanic Gardens and Cornell University’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program. An indoor exhibit in the Nevin Welcome Center, will be on display and explores Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) agricultural knowledge and traditions, and represent the story of Earth’s creation. The display reveals how Haudenosaunee communities are reclaiming traditional agricultural practices as a central way of life today including a display of contemporary and traditional sculptures. Exhibit is free and open to the public. 124 Comstock Knoll Drive, Ithaca New York, 14850. For more information visit: cornellbotanicgardens.org


Saturday December 17 at 11:00 AM

The Sciencenter presents “Insect Evolution”, a video from Linda Rayor’s Naturalist Outreach Series at 601 1st Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Free with admission to the Sciencenter. For more information visit: http://www.sciencenter.org/

The History Center

Saturday December 17 at 2:00 PM

The History Center presents “Seeing the World for the First Time: Early Human Concepts of Space and Place”, a talk by Robert Kibbee, History Center of Tompkins County Trustee and retired Cornell University Map and Geospatial Information Librarian. This talk will take place at the History Center at 401 E. State Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850. Event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.TheHistoryCenter.net

Johnson Museum of Art

Sunday December 18 - 2:00 PM

Join Johnson Museum of Art educator Carol Hockett for a special program on Human Origins. Using works from the Museum’s permanent collection, participants will look at a broad range of understandings of creation and human origins, from ancient Egyptian sculpture to contemporary painting. 114 Central Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14853. For more information visit http://museum.cornell.edu/

Visit www.tcpl.org for more details about the 3 month exhibit, films, programs and lectures. For the full 3 month Ithaca Explores Human Origins program please download the Event Schedule downloadable pdf.

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