Updated: 11 May 2013
The Paleo + Pelagica Museum
of Natural Science
"The purpose of the Paleo + Pelagica Museum is to enlighten and entertain the public with scientifically important and visually exciting materials related to the preservation and advancement of the earth sciences, with special emphasis on marine creatures and ocean environments, both paleontological and contemporary, promotion of ocean conservation awareness and education, along with providing opportunities for the public to participate in the "hands-on" experience of scientific fieldwork."
From the Latin words for "paleo", meaning "involving or dealing with
ancient forms or conditions", and "pelagious", "of, or belonging to the
(open) sea", the name "Paleo + Pelagica" was born!
Dubai Aquarium 2012 Photographs by A. Stanley
May 24: Evening opening, for Buy-a-Brick Friends of the Museum and, by invitation only.
May 25: Open to the public, 10:00 a.m.
Open every day through Memorial Day, regular hours will be determined then.
Friends from out of town, the best place to stay is La Plaza Inn. Please call Karen at 719.738.5700. Let her know you're coming in to see the museum and she will give you a "Friends of the Museum" discount! La Plaza is a beautiful little Bed and Breakfast inn, with an awesome cafe', only 2 blocks from the museum.
WELCOME TO THE PALEO + PELAGICA MUSEUM
FUNDRAISER BUY-A-BRICK CAMPAIGN!
Brick donators will also receive a Thank-You gift array that includes a museum t-shirt, museum fridge magnet, and other surprise items!
Brick donators will also have free admission to both museums (for life!), 10% off all purchases at the Museum Shop and invitations to "Friends of the Museum" only, special events!
THANK YOU's go out to friends from Texas, Chicago, New York, Pennsylvania, Canada and France who have bought bricks, so far!
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From the Dr. Riccardo Levi-Setti Ammonite Collection
Riccardo's little dog "Tolstoi", modeling a museum bandana!
Ms. Anna Stanley, founder and Executive Director of the organization, has been working for the past fourteen years to establish the Museum, while she continues working as a successful Project Controls/ certified Project Management Professional consultant in the offshore, utilities and petrochemical industries, enabling her to be the only source of funding up to now. Ms. Stanley also has extensive field and lab experience in paleontology, along with possessing a world-class fossil collection and library. Ms. Stanley’s career as a Project Controls Engineer has provided her with occasion to travel extensively, thereby affording her terrific opportunities to explore, collect and research paleontological sites, world wide. While on a job assignment in Prague, Czech Republic, Ms. Stanley visited many of the fossil localities made famous by the work of Joachim Barrande (d. 1883) along with visiting and studying natural science museums in Spain, Hungary, Poland, Austria, and Germany. Not to forget the "Pelagica" side, Ms. Stanley has worked and lived in St. Croix U.S.V.I, Aruba, Bahrain and Fahaheel, Kuwait (Persian Gulf), using that time to study marine creatures and their habitats, along with enhancing her knowledge and sea shell collection, and desire to promote education and awareness of reef and ocean conservation.
The Sanibel Island Collection, donated by Dr. Riccardo Levi-Setti
Ms. Stanley has established working relationships with leaders in the field including Dr. Robert T. Bakker, internationally known dinosaur expert, speaker and author, and Riccardo Levi-Setti, (retired) former Director of the Fermi Institute, at the University of Chicago, and internationally recognized trilobite expert. Her field experience includes working with the Smithsonian Natural Science Museum and Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, Montana, at Egg Mountain, several (5) summer sessions at Como Bluff, Wyoming with Dr. Bakker, three fossil expeditions deep into Sahara Desert (Morocco and Algeria) with Dr. Levi-Setti, several underwater photography expeditions to St. Croix, U.S.V.I., Belize and Cozumel, Mexico, and attended a tour to Machu Picchu, Peru, visiting archaeological sites and museums.
Riccardo & Anna Dr. Bob & Anna Pete Larson & Anna (June 2010)
Although not in a permanent location yet, the P+PM has, since 1999, sponsored field trips for various youth and civic organizations, and has traveled to various venues around the state, displaying temporary, educational exhibits to promote the museum, to encourage interest in the natural sciences and to participate in fundraising opportunities.
Brazos River trip – Boy Scout Troop 483
Key Products and Services:
The Museum already has possession and control over several significant collections, including several "one-of-a-kind" scientifically important specimens, which will make up the permanent exhibits once the physical location is established, as well as a large inventory of diverse and interesting items to sell in the Museum Shop.
Here are a few things, found or acquired, in April 2009's expedition across the Sahara...
Crinoid plate & goniatites Acheulian & Neolithic tools
Joachim Barrande Exhibit:
Through the National Museum of Science in Prague, Czech Republic, the PPM has acquired and intends to exhibit original paleontological proofs from the books of Joachim Barrande, renowned French paleontologist from the late 1800’s. These exquisite graphics shall also be accompanied by actual fossils as represented in the graphics, along with additional information as to the history and development of the paleontological sciences by Barrande and other historical figures. Also, limited edition prints have been produced from these originals exclusively for PPM, and will be available for sale at the Museum Shop.
Other Proposed Exhibits and Activities:
Field trips shall be offered to the general public and various grades of school children with the intention of nurturing interest in all areas of natural history and sciences, as well as providing instruction in the fundamentals of fieldwork and collecting in a fun, safe and engaging environment.
Collected in St. Croix Morocco
Living Paleo Lab
Trained volunteers and museum staff will be on hand, demonstrating fossil preparation techniques and answering queries, in an open lab environment.
Minerals & The Geology of the Spanish Peaks
In concert with the yearly, major fundraising event and membership campaign, "PaleoPalooza" will include a dinner and lecture evening with paleo-legends like Dr. Bakker or Peter Larson, Fun Runs, special children’s activities, adult workshops, presentations and science-based competitions.
Research Library & Education Center
The PPM has received an extensive library gift, donated by the family of David S. Pettus, in his memory. This amazing collection of books includes reference volumns in paleontology, geology, mineralogy, geography and space exploration. Additional paleontology related books have been received from the estate of Rod Fleming. And recently, an amazing collection of NASA memorabilia from Hazel Fipps-Mann (Thanks to all!)
Exhibits that encourage and promote "hands-on" exploration and interaction with specimens and science related activities.
Pliestocene material from around Corpus Christi, Texas
Seashells & Ocean Conservation Education
In addition to income generated from admission ticket sales and memberships, Ms. Stanley understands that Museum Shop sales will be a vital revenue stream and plans to stock the shop with unique and unusual items that relate to the exhibits and other natural science interests as well, but do not compete significantly with other area attractions merchandise themes. Ms. Stanley has established relationships with several wholesale partners, including sources for Moroccan, South American, Madagascan, Czech and Russian fossil specimens, and has confirmed account relationships with several U.S. and international businesses/ suppliers for museum-appropriate souvenir items. Ms. Stanley has already commissioned several beautiful paleo-related t-shirt graphics from rising paleo-artist, Russell J. Hawley and plans are to patronize local merchants for the production of specialty items.
The Paleo + Pelagica Museum is a member of:
Colorado/ Wyoming Association MuseumsA.A.P.S.
......The History of Earth Sciences Society (H.E.S.S.)
Mountain-Plains Museums Association
For more information, please contact:
Founder & Executive Director
The Paleo + Pelagica Museum,inc.
Mailing: 7035 Redwood Falls Drive
Pasadena, Texas 77505