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Cabinets of Curiosity: Insect Collection and Natural Resources Library

Wed, Feb 7 2024, 1pm

Location
Insect Collection and Natural Resources Library in Hodson Hall
 

Insects—some we love to watch, like butterflies—but others genuinely bug us. If you are curious about insects in their astonishing variety, plan to join the UMRA Cabinets of Curiosities tour at the Department of Entomology on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in St. Paul. Biologist E. O. Wilson said that insects, along with other invertebrates, are "the little things that run the world."  

Curator Robin Thomson will tell us about the amazing UMN collection of more than 4,000,000 specimens and 53,000 species in stacks of cabinets housed in Hodson Hall. She will open up the drawers and allow us to look closely at butterflies, moths, beetles and even smaller insects housed behind their research laboratory space. We will also have a special opportunity to see the collection of rare illustrated natural history books in the Natural Resources Library under the watchful eye of Natural Resources librarians Amy Gmur and Philip Herold. Given the space available among the cabinets and in the library, we have relatively limited registration space for this tour. 

The event is free.  Registration is now closed, but you can contact us to get on the wait list.   Join us on February 7, from 1-3 pm at Hodson Hall on the St. Paul Campus. 

There is relatively close parking for Hodson Hall in Lot 106. Once again, we will likely gather at a local eatery for friendly conversation after the event, with more details to come.

Can’t attend this time? Look for more Cabinets of Curiosity outings in the coming months, including a visit to the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory on April 4.

Questions are welcome to Sally Gregory Kohlstedt ([email protected]), Jan Morlock ([email protected]), or Cathy Lee Gierke ([email protected]).



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