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AMMP 2019

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The Association for Materials & Methods in Paleontology annual meeting will be held at the Sternberg Museum and Fort Hays State University April 16-20, 2019. Every year museum professionals, students, and volunteers come together to share information about field, laboratory, and analytical methods. There will be workshops, field trips, formal oral and poster presentations, demos, short-courses, and round-table discussions. Full registration will open November 1, 2019.


Dane G. Hansen Paleontology Research Center &
Oceans of Kansas Fossil Prep Lab


prep labIn January of 2017, the Sternberg Museum was awarded an $81,000 matching grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to fund renovations to the Museum’s fossil preparation lab.  In addition to proceeds raised from the 2016 and 2017 Museum Galas, Mike and Pam Everhart and 57 other donors come forward to see the lab come to life.Construction was completed in 2018 with custom equipment quickly following. The prep lab is now up and running with a new graduate student lab manager and undergraduate volunteers.  Keep a look out for upcoming workshops if you’re interested in being trained in fossil prep and becoming a Museum volunteer.

The preparation lab is where staff, volunteers and students clean, stabilize and repair fossils for long-term preservation before they are ready for research or exhibit.It is a fundamental part of the museum, and this is a fantastic opportunity for us to improve how we serve the public. The lab is integrated with exhibit space so visitors can observe and interact with preparators. Having a larger, safe, and state-of-the-art lab will also allow us to provide hands-on education, volunteer opportunities, and professional development to students and the community.

You can find more information on the Sternberg Museum’s Prep Lab page.