Hidden Treasures: Rediscovering McKissick Museum’s Natural History Collection
May 19 - August 30, 2014, 3rd floor lobby
In 2011, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded McKissick Museum a two year grant to inventory and catalogue the minerals and fossils in the Museum’s natural history collection. Today, over 21,000 objects have been processed thanks to this grant and continued funding from IMLS.
Christian Maloney Cicimurri, Brian Dolphin and Allison Baker, along with other curatorial assistants who worked on the grant, organized this exhibit to reminisce on their experiences with the collection, choosing their favorite specimens and discussing the surprises that arose along the way. This exhibit offers a rare glimpse into the Museum's vast holdings, while also addressing the history of USC's natural history collection, and paying homage to the crucial guidance of the grant team's original leader, McKissick curator, Jill Beute Koverman.
For more information on this exhibit, be sure to visit the Museum's Mining McKissick blog.
Image: Natural diamond crystals in octahedral and tetrahedral shapes with curved faces. Collection of McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina, object ID 3120B.