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After John Wesley Powell: ISNU And the Foundations of State-Supported Scientific Research
Speaker: Bill Kemp, McLean County Museum of History Librarian
In the half-decade or so after the Civil War, John Wesley Powell served as curator for an impressive natural history museum on the Illinois State Normal University campus. After Powell left the Normal campus—becoming in the process the famed explorer and defender of the arid lands of the American West—the museum, under the guidance of Stephen Alfred Forbes and others, became a pioneering center for biological research and education. As such, ISNU played an indispensable role in the formation of the Illinois Natural History Survey and other state-supported science programs. This is a free event open to the public held in conjunction with the exhibit Pressing Plants.