|T-rex in the Tate Museum's Suburban, headed off (tee hee) to a new home in Casper, Wyoming. Photo courtesy Kelli Trujillo.|
Allen was wrong. The outrage was massive, loud and clear. This wasn’t just any museum. It was the beloved Geological Museum that they had closed ... but not for long.
We considered setting Doc Knight’s copper-plated Tyrannosaurus rex loose to terrorize (or worse) Buchanan, Allen and other like-minded bureaucrats. Now a “T-rex Patio” is part of the plans ... cool!
The real heroes in this battle are Anne and Nip Mears -- aka Dr. Brainerd Mears, Jr., Professor Emeritus, expert on periglacial wedges, and beloved teacher. Their very generous financial gift was matched by the state (from a matching fund for the U), providing the museum with an endowment of $1.4 million. Thanks Anne and Nip!
The University of Wyoming now is singing a different tune:
“We are very excited to announce that major renovations will be happening in our museum over the summer and fall! We will be doing construction to bring some things up to modern safety codes, improving the overall lighting of the museum, creating a new viewable fossil preparation laboratory and a new space for traveling exhibits, and updating several key exhibits.”
Above, fiberglass models of T-rex and Allosaurus were given to the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College. Below, T-rex skull cast is hanging out with biologists in the Berry Building while construction is underway. Photos courtesy Kelli Trujillo.
|Doc Knight (left) hangs with his Ice Age mural. This was Laramie in the Pleistocene.|