Sam Noble Museum newsletter: December 2014

Check out the latest events and exhibits at the University of Oklahoma’s Sam Noble Museum of Natural History.

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Vertebrate Paleontology Lab Named for World Renowned Paleontologist and Longstanding Supporter
Wann Langston, Jr. was the last living link to the museum’s Stovall-era fossil collecting program. In October the vertebrate paleontology collection honored his sustained efforts and endless support by unveiling the “Dr. Wann Langston, Jr. Vertebrate Paleontology Lab.” The photo to the right displays a saurolophus skull mount that was assembled by Langston as a teenager alongside his family and museum staff. Read more about the End of an Era.

NEW 2015 Programs Available!

*Spring programs will be available for registration beginning Dec. 1 for members and Dec. 15 for non-members. Give the gift of discovery to someone special this holiday season with a program or workshop!

Spike’s Club: Mysteries of the Past
Juniors Session (Grades 1 & 2):
Tuesday, 4 to 6 p.m., January 27 and February 3, 10, 17, 24.
Seniors Session (Grades 3 to 5):
Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m., January 29 and February 5, 12, 19, 26
Did you know that there was once a snake as long as a school bus or that horses had three toes? Join us as we use paleontology and detective work to solve some amazing mysteries of the past! Click here for registration.

To enroll, call (405) 325-1008 or visit the website here.


Baseball, Bloodletting and Books
Think about a baseball. One rubbery core, layers of yarn, two strips of cowhide. Nothing special, right? Now think about that same baseball, but ask yourself what it means culturally. Whether we realize it or not, objects help shape who we are and how we live. This idea is called materiality, and it’s gaining popularity in fields like archaeology. Read the full story here.

Exhibitions Ending SOON!

RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species
Sept. 13 through Jan. 19, 2015
This exhibit includes well-known endangered species like bald eagles and sea turtles, but it also spotlights more unfamiliar species including the Delhi Sands flower-loving fly and the Higgins eye mussel. In addition, the exhibition also celebrates endangered species making a comeback including the gray wolf and the American alligator, which have both rebounded from the verge of extinction. Read more about endangered species.

Formed in Stone: The Natural Beauty of Fossils
July 4 through Jan. 4, 2015
The Sam Noble Museum hosts the temporary photographic exhibit
Formed in Stone: The Natural Beauty of Fossils featuring an array of dazzling geometric designs on fossils dating from 80 to 455 million years old. The exhibit includes digital photographs magnified up to 60 times to reveal the hidden surface of each fossilized microorganism. Accompanying the image gallery are 12 diverse physical specimens, eight of which are from Oklahoma.Read more about tools of the trade.


Member Exclusive Promotions at Excavations!
This November, enjoy Black Friday deals without the hassle! From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29 Excavations will offer 30 percent off your entire purchase with a valid museum membership. For as little as $20 you can become a member and receive discounts in our store and on classes, workshops, field trips, birthday parties and other activities. If you’re not already a member, register today!

November & December Events

Thursday, Nov. 27
The museum will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving.

Saturday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Member EXCLUSIVE Sale in Excavations!
Members of the Sam Noble Museum will receive 30 percent off their total purchase in Excavations, the museum store.

Monday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free First Monday
Enjoy complimentary admission to the museum the first Monday of every month. A school or group scheduling an education program (Discovery Room session, class, lab, docent tour, etc.) on a Free First Monday will be charged the program and admission rates as set forth by the education department. A school or group (scheduled or unscheduled) coming to the museum to tour exhibits on a Free First Monday will not pay admission.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 5 to 8 p.m.
Holiday Happening
Share your holiday wishes with Santa Claus as he mingles with dinosaurs at the Sam Noble Museum! Join us for family-friendly activities, seasonal stories, holiday shopping and festive entertainment! In the spirit of giving, the museum will be accepting donations of gifts for children and non-perishable food items on behalf of Food and Shelter Inc. Everyone who donates will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to Excavations. Complimentary admission.

Saturday, Dec. 13, 1 to 3 p.m.
Frozen? Thaw Out At The Museum!
Enjoy the the museum twice on Saturday by cheering for our float in the Main Street Christmas Holiday Parade then again by “thawing out” at the museum with complimentary hot cocoa and FREE holiday-themed photos from 1 to 3 p.m. General museum admission prices apply.

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Did You Know?

Stumped on a gift for someone special? Here are a few ideas from the museum:
For the “Know-it-All” – Give a museum program or workshop as a gift. They’re life-long learners, after all!
For the “Chatterbox” – Stun them speechless with a Megaladon necklace from Excavations, the museum store.
For the “Foodie” – Let them feel like a kid again with astronaut ice cream from Excavations!
For the “Adventure Seeker” –  Give the gift of discovery with a museum membership, providing memories for a lifetime.

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