inside cover OUR MISSION Dedicated to lifelong learning and anchored by our rich collections, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History engages our diverse community through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the stories of Texas and the Southwest.
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ARCHITECTURE DINOSAURS ENERGY INNOVATION CHILDREN’S MUSEUM MUSEUM SCHOOL OAK ROOM STARS CAFÉ
CATTLE RAISERS MUSEUM
CSI: THE EXPERIENCE
NATIVE AMERICAN GALLERY
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RETAIL STORE PLANETARIUM
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FORT WORTH HISTORY
BRAND CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DONORS
In 1947 the Fort Worth Childrenâ€™s Museum moved into the former R.E. Harding House at 1306 Summit Avenue. This photograph, c. 1950, shows the entrance to the Museum.
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Museum records an annual attendance of 38,000 visitors.
May 21 — Fort Worth Children’s Museum (FWCM) chartered with the State of Texas.
FWCM appoints Mrs. Anne Webb as its first paid Director. Museum opens to the public in the R. E. Harding home at 1306 Summit and offers general Museum classes.
Fort Worth Council of Administrative Women in Education presents a successful proposal to the City Council for the creation of a children’s museum in Fort Worth.
June — Museum is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt 501(c) 3, nonprofit organization.
1945 February 15 — FWCM opens in two classrooms at De Zavala Elementary School, 1419 College Avenue. Miss Lulu Parker is appointed first Acting Director.
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FWCM holds first preschool class, “Frisky and Blossom Club.” Frisky was a live opossum and Blossom was a live skunk. Museum Guild is founded as the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fort Worth Children’s Museum. First President is Mrs. Nancy Lee Bass.
October 24 — FWCM hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony for new building at 1501 Montgomery Street. The Architects are Wilson and Patterson.
March 14 — Museum Board of Trustees votes to change the FWCM’s name to Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (FWMSH).
Visitorship reaches 68,000 people. Tours are presented to more than 800 groups. The Noble Planetarium hosts 29,000 adults and children.
Amon G. Carter Foundation grant adds two-story exhibit and collections wing to the FWCM. The architect is Joseph R. Pelich.
Helmuth J. Naumer succeeds William G. Hassler as Museum Director.
William G. Hassler succeeds Mrs. Anne Webb as Museum Director. Fort Worth Children’s Museum becomes the first museum in Fort Worth’s Cultural District.
January 25 — New Museum building at 1501 Montgomery opens to the public.
Sid Richardson Foundation grant funds the creation of the Dr. May Owen Hall of Medical Science. Its 8,400 square feet make it the most extensive medical hall in the United States.
Addition of the Amon Carter Science-Education Wing makes the Fort Worth Children’s Museum the largest children’s museum in the United States.
April 18 — FWCM’s Noble Planetarium, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Ken Davis and dedicated to Miss Charlie Mary Noble, opens to the public.
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FWMSH attendance reaches 180,000.
1971 FWMSH is among the first 16 museums in the U.S. to achieve accreditation by the American Association of Museums.
April 12 — Museum’s Omni Theater, an IMAX® dome, opens with Hail Columbia.
FWMSH documents 430,000 visitors, including 40,000 school children taking part in 50 different levels of curriculum-based tours. FWMSH Museum School is the largest in the U.S. and offers more than 600 classes and workshops to 6,000 children and adults.
As part of the Texas Sesquicentennial Celebration, FWMSH opens 150 Years of Fort Worth, a satellite exhibit that traces the history of the city, located in the historic Fire Station #1 building in downtown Fort Worth at 2nd and Commerce.
December 19 — Museum hosts Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Omni Theater. The architects are Hammel, Green and Abrahamson of St. Paul, Minnesota. Albert Komatsu is the local architect of record.
April 14 — Donald R. Otto succeeds Helmuth Naumer as Executive Director of the FWMSH.
Museum celebrates 40th anniversary.
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November 20, 2009 New $80 million facility opens to the public.
In celebration of Museum’s 50th Anniversary, the Museum hosts blockbuster exhibition, Soviet Space, on view at the Amon Carter Jr. Exhibits building.
November 1 — Museum receives first National Science Foundation (NSF) grant in the amount of $650,000. To date the Museum has received 10 NSF grants totaling $6,845,800.
FWMSH celebrates Omni Theater’s 10th anniversary.
Museum celebrates 60th Anniversary.
Museum celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Charlie Mary Noble Planetarium.
March — Museum creates first Texas Center for Inquiry.
Museum celebrates Omni Theater’s 20th anniversary.
February 1 — Museum names Van A. Romans President of the institution. Museum presents first Distance Learning Program and first Discovery Lab Outreach Program.
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August 9 — Museum opens renovated Omni Theater and “link” to the new Museum building. September — Museum celebrates Omni Theater’s 25th Anniversary.
February — Museum Board of Trustees votes to approve Museum’s Capital Campaign. Museum marks 65th Anniversary.
Museum announces plans to build a new facility on current site and selects internationally acclaimed architectural firm Legorreta + Legorreta of Mexico City as design architects. Gideon Toal is the local architect of record.
September 15 — 1954 building on Montgomery Street is demolished. Museum closes Omni Theater for renovations. November 27 — Museum hosts Groundbreaking Ceremony for new Legorreta + Legorreta building.
HOURS OF OPERATION
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Sunday Closed Thanksgiving Day; Christmas Eve; Christmas Day
Adult Exhibits Only: Omni Theater: Combination: Planetarium: 3-D Theater:
$14.00 $7.00-$12.00 $19.00-$24.00 $5.00 $5.00
Senior/Child (Senior = ages 60 + Child = ages 3 – 12) Exhibits Only: $10.00 Omni Theater: $6.00-$10.00 Combination: $14.00-$18.00 Planetarium: $5.00 3-D Theater: $5.00 School Group Exhibits Only - Adult: Omni Theater - Adult: Combination - Adult: Exhibits Only - Student: Omni Theater - Student: Combination - Student: Planetarium:
$10.00 $5.00 $15.00 $5.00 $3.50 $8.50 $3.00
Group Exhibits Only - Adult: Omni Theater - Adult: Combination - Adult: Exhibits Only - Senior/Child: Omni Theater - Senior/Child: Combination - Senior/Child: Planetarium: 3-D Theater:
$12.00 $6.00 $18.00-$23.00 $8.00 $5.00 $13.00-$17.00 $4.00 $4.00
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Museum view from the North — Cantilevered Energy Gallery, Urban Lantern and Noble Planetarium.
CULTURAL DISTRICT CAPSTONE Innovative New State-of-the-art Learning Environment Opens
ith the opening of its newly constructed building, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (1600 Gendy Street) becomes the largest museum in Fort Worth’s famed Cultural District. Each year more than two million visitors come to the Cultural District from all over the world to explore the District’s museums world-famous for the beauty of their architecture and the quality of their collections. Located only minutes from downtown Fort Worth, the Cultural District is home to Old World and New World art masterpieces, exotic science and cultural exhibits, exciting performance art theaters, and remarkable centers focused on Western Heritage. The new Museum of Science and History serves as a capstone to Fort Worth’s Cultural District, which is ranked as the nation’s third largest, showcasing architectural masterpieces by Tadeo Ando, Buckminster Fuller, Philip Johnson, and Louis Kahn. The new 166,000 square-foot Museum of Science and History building, designed by internationally acclaimed architects Legorreta + Legorreta, features a collection of new, interactive exhibits and programs developed by the Museum’s staff and a team of nationally recognized designers in support of the Museum’s dedication to informal, discovery-based learning for all. Chartered with the State of Texas in 1941 as the “Fort Worth Children’s Museum,” the new $80 million Museum of Science and History campus engages guests of all ages through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the history of Texas and the Southwest. The new Museum’s environment of learning comprises state-of-the-art interactive exhibitions and components including:
1 | OMNI THEATER — IMAX® Dome The Museum of Science and History’s Omni Theater is the only structure that was saved from the previous building. It is attached to the Museum through the “Link” so guests can enter the theater directly from the Museum. This theater features the latest releases of films specially created for large format films. The Omni Theater embodies a revolutionary concept in film presentation, which combines the drama of oversized film, state-of-the-art projection equipment, innovative tilt-domed theater architecture, and the most sophisticated production techniques to create unique cinematic experiences. The Theater was renovated and upgraded in 2008.
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CULTURAL DISTRICT, Cont.
2 | DinoLabs This exhibition will feature life-sized articulations of dinosaurs found in North Texas, including the Texas State Dinosaur, the Paluxysaurus jonesi. Each dinosaur is articulated as much as possible from actual fossils, rather than total reproductions of them. Guests to DinoLabs will use scientific processes to discover dinosaur fossils at field sites, analyze fossils at dinosaur biology labs, and create images of what dinosaurs looked like.
3 | DinoDig® This is a large, outdoor recreation of the Jones Ranch dinosaur field site in Texas (where the Paluxysaurus jonesi was found) where guests can learn how paleontologists find fossils, document their location, carefully dig them up, and securely pack them for transportation to the lab. Guests become a “paleontologist for a day” by digging up fossils, documenting their location, and removing the fossils from the ground.
4 | Energy Blast The cutting-edge, 10,000-square-foot Energy exhibition gives guests every sense of the energy story of Fort Worth and northern Texas. Rather than just tell the historical story of energy, the exhibition also tells the scientific story — the story of physics and technology. Through state-of-the-art technologies — including a 4D theater — and real-world experiences, guests not only see, but also hear, and feel the story of energy. Energy Blast uses hands-on activities, stunning visuals, and real tools of the energy industry to create a journey through time from the first energy, to modern exploration and production technologies used today. The exhibition also looks into the future, with activities focusing on the energy challenges ahead of us.
5 | Fort Worth Children’s Museum By naming this interactive gallery space the Fort Worth Children’s Museum, the Museum of Science and History pays homage to its legacy — the Children’s Museum. The entry into the new space is designed after the entryway of the original Museum — a dragon head with the mouth being the doorway. The
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Children’s Museum targets young children, age birth through 8 and the people who care for them. Its purpose is to encourage opportunities for children to play, knowing that, at this age level, children are learning through play.
6 | Innovation Studios/Gallery As a focal point of the Museum, Innovation Studios (7,600 sq. ft.) and the Innovation Gallery (5,000 sq. ft.) are located in the center of the first floor — surrounded by glass so that visitors can observe the investigative learning occurring inside. Innovation Studios comprise five interactive, illuminated spaces where guests will learn about science and history topics as they happen — from nanotechnology research to space travel. These developmentally appropriate spaces reach out to audiences age 9 and older — tweens, teens, and adults. Innovation Gallery features 3-D contemporary artwork combining concepts related to art, science and history.
7 | Shop Too! The Museum store, Shop Too!, will be an extension of the Museum experience for guests. Merchandise created specifically for Shop Too! has a direct correlation to an exhibit or program in the Museum — merchandise will change as exhibitions change. The Museum of Science and History has created an in-house labeling system or seal of approval — the Fort Worth Museum Building Blocks and the Fort Worth Museum Learning Lantern. The “Building Blocks” is an award system for products that are geared toward young learners. The “Learning Lantern” seal is the seal for everyone else — ages 8 and older. Store merchandise includes books and DVDs, toys and games, activity kits, experiments, and much, much more!
8 | Urban Lantern As a beacon of learning, and as the anchor of the new building, the Urban Lantern is the structure’s iconic feature. At a height of 76 feet, the Urban Lantern serves as the main entrance to the 166,000-square foot Museum. It comprises 97, 500-pound glass panels measuring 5’7” x 5’7” each. The Lantern is illuminated using LED (lightemitting-diode) fixtures and compact fluorescent lights. The primary light color will be clear; however, the color can be changed by the Museum. 2,000 square feet of open space under the lantern, holds up to 274 individuals.
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CULTURAL DISTRICT, Cont.
9 | Heritage Courtyard Located just outside the Oak Room, the Museum’s Heritage Courtyard features a beautiful Heritage Live Oak tree with a 40-foot canopy and an innovative water element. The 4,450-squarefoot area, the walls of which are colored a beautiful jacaranda, also includes sitting areas.
10 | Oak Room The Museum’s special event space, the Oak Room, is an elegant, contemporary 3,400-square-foot room designed to house a variety of events ranging from an educational program, awards ceremony, or fund-raising luncheon to a wedding or birthday celebration. Named for the beautiful Heritage Live Oak in the courtyard, the room is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment including a sound system, projector, and hidden screen. The room can be sized using sliding walls, to accommodate small groups or larger gatherings of up to 250 people.
11 | Stars Café The new Museum features a family-friendly food court with outdoor terrace seating overlooking the Western Heritage Plaza. It is the perfect place to take a mid-day break for lunch, discuss what’s been experienced so far, and plan out the rest of a Museum visit.
12 | Fort Worth History Gallery This 3,000 square-foot-gallery space features a changing stream of stories about the region. The Museum’s opening exhibition, Let’s Take the Streetcar: Journeying Through Fort Worth’s Past, follows the rise and decline of city and interurban rail travel in Fort Worth from the mid-1870s to the mid-1930s. By focusing on the development of five areas — Spring Palace; North Side Rosen Heights; Lake Como and Camp Bowie; the TCU Area; and Stop Six/ Handley, Lake Erie and the Interurban — this exhibition reveals how rail travel greatly influenced the settlement and development of the city. The Museum of Science and History, in partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science, exhibits artifacts from the Gordon W. Smith North American Indian Collection in the 1,000-square-foot Native American Gallery. Artifacts include a leather rattler given to Smith at the age of five — the very first piece he acquired; striking, painted story bison skins of the Sioux; and exquisite War Bonnets created by the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne Indians.
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13 | Special Exhibitions Gallery The opening exhibition in the Special Exhibitions Gallery is CSI: The Experience, an exhibition created by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and based on the popular CBS television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The exhibition immerses guests in crime scenes and police labs where they use hands-on science to find elusive clues and solve modern crime mysteries. It features appearances by characters from the hit TV show. This interactive traveling exhibit brings to life fundamental scientific principles, numerous scientific disciplines, and the most advanced technologies and techniques used today by crime scene investigators and forensic scientists.
14 | Cattle Raisers Museum The Cattle Raisers Museum — a unique “museum within a museum” — immerses guests in the dynamic history and science of the cattle and ranching industry. It is a cooperative venture between the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation. This 10,000-square-foot exhibition space is dedicated to telling the story of the Cattle Raisers Association and the history of that industry within our geographic area — Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma through fun, interactive exhibits.
15 | Noble Planetarium The Planetarium’s live, interactive program distinguishes the Noble from all others. Audience members can ask questions while visiting the Milky Way galaxy — our home — and traveling up to 13.7 billion light years away. In addition to viewing the constellations and stars visible in the sky, guests can view the most current astronomical events of the day. The Noble Planetarium features the first Zeissmanufactured hybrid planetarium system — an immersive all-dome video combined with fiber optic dual-hemisphere star balls to see more than 7,000 stars. The Zeiss SKYMASTER ZKP 4 star projector projects thousands more stars more clearly than ever before. Two (2) star balls within the 40-foot dome cover the entire sky — both the northern and southern hemispheres. New software — Sciss UniView — flies Planetarium visitors to the edge of the universe and back. This live-action software allows real-time visits to any location in the known universe.
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ARCHITECTURE FACT SHEET
Friday, November 20, 2009
1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
DESCRIPTION: The new Fort Worth Museum of Science and History building, designed by architects Legorreta + Legorreta with Gideon Toal, is located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District. The world-class, 166,000 square-foot facility features a collection of new, interactive exhibits and programs developed by the Museum’s staff and a team of nationally recognized designers in support of the Museum’s dedication to informal, discovery-based learning for all. MUSEUM SQUARE FOOTAGE: 166,000 s.f. MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY:
ARCHITECTS: Design Architect:
Legorreta + Legorreta, Mexico City, Mexico
Architect of Record:
Gideon Toal, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
Mesa Design Group, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
Linbeck Group LLC, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
The Projects Group
Blum Consulting Engineers
EXHIBITION/MEDIA DESIGN/DEVELOPMENT: bahdeebahdu; Design and Production Inc.; The Nassal Company; Robert Reid Studios; ROTO Studios; Chick Russell, Chick Russell Communications; Seruto & Company; Tim Steinouer, Design Island Associates, Inc.; Randall Webster, Emerald Palms Design Group; Bob Weis, Design Island Associates/Walt Disney Imagineering.
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Beautifully constructed barrel vaulting, which is prevalent in the atrium of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, is a signature element of Legorreta + Legorreta architectural design, as is the magnificent staircase, which is created from French limestone.
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Architects Legorreta + Legorreta Impart their Mexican Heritage to Stunning New Building
he opening of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s (FWMSH) new building Friday Nov. 20, 2009, marks the completion of the latest architectural masterpiece in the city’s Cultural District. Designed by the father and son team of Ricardo and Victor Legorreta of Mexico City, the campus represents a commingling of the architectural styles of Texas and Mexico in a city that takes enormous pride in its Hispanic and Western roots. The 166,000 square-foot contemporary and colorful building, replete with stateof-the-art technological exhibit innovations, is the latest example of a Legorreta + Legorreta’s exemplary blend of space, light, color, and water with the use of strong, basic geometric forms. Built adjacent to a natural plaza, the pedestrian-friendly museum is anchored by the building’s iconic signature attraction: a 76-foot-tall glass and stone tower — the Urban Lantern — which functions as the Museum’s main entrance. This elegant entry, marked by clean lines, invites natural light into the building during the day and softly illuminates the surrounding area in the evening. “The idea of creating an urban lantern came from the notion of orientation within the city,” said Ricardo Legorreta, founder of the firm that bears his name. “In the same way that lighthouses guide ships at sea, we wanted to guide people in the city to the Museum.” The tower was designed as a point of orientation within the city and will guide the more than one million annual guests to the museum campus. It is destined to become a vibrant new Fort Worth landmark. In addition, the new FWMSH serves as a capstone to Fort Worth’s Cultural District, which over the past five decades, has developed into an international destination for the architecture of its museum facilities. Ranked as the nation’s third largest cultural district, it already showcases masterpieces by Tadeo Ando, Buckminster Fuller, Philip Johnson, and Louis Kahn. “I have been eager to build in Fort Worth for many years”, said Ricardo Legorreta. “For us, the goal was not only to create a building that reflects the family-friendly character of the Museum of Science and History, but also to make a building that attracts people to come inside. “One bears a huge responsibility when one is dedicated to the creation of a structure: the fact that the work stays,” he added. “I am profoundly enthused and happy that this work will stay.” Museum President Van A. Romans is equally excited and proud that the nearly 70-year-old museum, the oldest in the Cultural District, now has an innovative world-class building to tell its history and science stories for the 21st century. “In so many ways, the architectural genius of Legorreta + Legorreta creates the
“I have been eager to build in Fort Worth for many years.”
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‘envelope’ for our mission of life-long learning and discovery in a wonderful new environment for the community,” Romans said. “One example is the Urban Lantern, which not only acts as a landmark beacon in our Cultural District, but also as a welcoming beacon, lighting the way for our guests into an always present environment of learning.” The Legorreta + Legorreta architectural style works toward pureness in form with clean lines and squares. Legorreta-specific design elements within the Museum building include: strong interaction between interior and exterior spaces by creating a series of courtyards or “patios” between the exhibit spaces that help both the energy efficiency of the building by using natural light and the friendly atmosphere as one interacts with the outside; barrel vaulting, which adds a unique visual design and height to the atrium space; and the main courtyard design that incorporates bright jacaranda blue walls and an existing live oak tree with an immense 40-foot canopy with a minimalist water fountain and reflecting pool. The Fort Worth-based firm Gideon Toal serves as the project’s Architect of Record. Other members of the design, construction, and exhibit design team include: Chick Russell Communications, Design Island Associates, Emerald Palms Design Group, Linbeck Group LLC, The Projects Group, Robert Reid Studios, and ROTO Studios. Recognized for its innovative, imaginative work with shape and color, Legorreta + Legorreta, headquartered in Mexico City, has designed more than 100 buildings around the world. Among its many projects, the firm is highly regarded for designing new museum facilities including the Papalote Children’s Museum in Mexico City (1993); the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California (1998); and the Visual Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico (1999). In January 2000, Ricardo Legorreta was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Gold Medal, which recognizes an architect whose work has had a lasting influence on the history and practice of architecture. Mr. Legorreta is the only Latin American to have received this prestigious annual award.
The rosa mexicano pergola, located in the Childrenâ€™s Museum Courtyard, is a superb example of Legorreta design.
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The new Fort Worth Museum of Science and History building is an innovative work of architecture designed by the highly acclaimed architectural firm, Legorreta + Legorreta of Mexico City. This 166,000 square-foot facility is the result of an ongoing $80 million capital campaign. The architect describes the building as a very happy environment — a building for kids, young people and adults. Among the many architectural attributes of the structure that are signature Legorreta elements are the following: Bright colors of Latin America including deep red, yellow, blue, bright pink, and purple Entire design pattern based on the square shape Courtyards and water element reflective of Mexico’s arid climate Extensive use of glass and openness Barrel vaulting Space layout is from compression to expansion Labor intensive stone and plaster masonry Vertical planes instead of columns to define space Extensive indirect lighting Minimalist architecture Urban Lantern
PHOTO BY RALPH LAUER IMAGES
Extensive use of glass and openness
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Museum Features an Iconic Legorreta + Legorreta Element
he new Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (FWMSH), which opens to the public Friday Nov. 20, 2009, features a stunning “Urban Lantern,” an element common to structures designed by architects Legorreta + Legorreta of Mexico City. As a beacon of learning, and as the anchor of the new Museum campus, the Lantern serves as the main entrance to the 166,000-squarefoot building. “The idea of creating an urban lantern came from the notion of orientation within the city,” said acclaimed architect Ricardo Legorreta. “In the same way that lighthouses guide ships at sea, we wanted to guide people in the city to the museum. “At the same time, we were able to play with two elements that are always present in our architecture and we think symbolize a lot of what this museum is about — light and color,” Legorreta added. “In our interpretation, light symbolizes knowledge, creativity, imagination, and spirituality. Color, on the other hand, for us means passion for life, humanism and happiness. After working in the museum we have found that all these values have always been an integral part of its philosophy.” The Urban Lantern measures 76 feet tall, including glass panels, steel, and stone base. It comprises 97 yellow-fretted glass panels measuring 5’-7” x 5’-7” and weighing 500 lbs. each.
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“This Legorreta element is especially important to our building,” said Museum of Science and History President Van A. Romans. “It serves not only as a landmark beacon in our city, but also as a welcoming beacon, lighting the way for our guests into an environment of learning.” The Lantern is illuminated using LED (light-emitting diode) and compact fluorescent lights. Interior lighting is via compact fluorescent sconces around the lantern. Each LED fixture is 50W if powered with all LEDs at maximum power (brightest white). With a yellow/golden color, output will be less than half — 2025W per fixture. The Lantern has 32 fixtures, all of which are full color changing and fully dimmable, and can be set to various colors and apparent brightness levels. The Lantern is illuminated automatically via the astronomical time clock. The ontime will change with the seasons. The off-time will be set by the Museum.
FLOOR PLAN I
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FLOOR PLAN II
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BIOGRAPHY VAN A. ROMANS
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ince Van Romans’ appointment as President, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has undergone a dramatic transformation on multiple levels in a relatively short period of time. After more than 25 years with The Walt Disney Company, including the creative design and development arm of the company, Walt Disney Imagineering, Romans was recruited to head the Museum of Science in History in February 2004. Through his leadership, the Museum is in a much more stable position than it has been in recent years, ending a series of annual operating deficits over the past several years. Creatively, Romans has invigorated numerous long-standing programs and public areas with an energy and vitality palpably noticeable to the Museum’s guests and community. As an advocate for project-based learning, and renowned for having pioneered the concept of integrating the entertainment industry and the museum world through his establishment of the museum program for The Walt Disney Company, Romans has created galleries and cultural exhibitions around the world. As the company’s Executive Director, Cultural Affairs, he founded the Disney gallery concept, negotiating with governments, cultural institutions, and private lenders from around the world and overseeing the company’s exhibition development program for theme parks worldwide. Several notable projects during his tenure at Disney include his concepts of exhibits for World Showcase pavilions at Epcot, Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland. In creating Disney’s International Art and Museum Program, he also established the company’s collections management program and implemented museum standards for the care and control of the Walt Disney Imagineering art collection. Romans’ work in the museum field extends beyond his work inside the Disney corporation. For more than 30 years, he was a professor of exhibit design and museum management at the college level. He has also served as a key advisor to numerous prestigious museums, both in the United States and abroad. Several of his noteworthy projects include work with the Gene Autry National Center for Western Culture in Los Angeles; National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth; the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois; the D-Day Museum in New Orleans; the Los Angeles Children’s Court Art Program; the National Museum of New Zealand; the Venezuela Museum of Anthropology; the Smithsonian; the Palace Museum in Beijing; and his service to the Art in Embassies for the U.S. State Department. He also directed the Public Arts Committee for the University of Southern California. Romans received his BFA at the University of California and a Master of Fine Arts at USC. He has been a featured speaker at numerous museum and industry conferences over the years, addressing topics related to the integration of the entertainment industry, education, and the museum world. He is a founding member of the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum and was an advisor to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA RICARDO LEGORRETA
Founder & Design Consultant
HONORS AND AWARDS 1988 Honorary member of the Mexican Academy of the Arts. 1990
Distinguished Member of the International Academy of Architecture, Sofia, Bulgaria. Chosen as one of the thirty leading architects for the Domino´s architectural program.
Fine Arts National Award, Mexican Government, Mexico.
“Architect of the Americas”, Montevideo, Uruguay.
“Emeritus Creator of the Creators National System”, Mexico.
UIA Gold Medal.
Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects. Golden Plate of Academy of Achievement, Arizona, USA.
Touristic Professional Merit Medal “Cesar Balsa”, Mexico City.
CEMEX Works Award”, First Life and Work CEMEX Award, Mexico.
Imposition of “Isabel la Catolica” from the spanish Government. Doctor of Humane Letters degree at The College of Santa Fe, NM, USA. The Federation and Cancun Architects School recognition to Ricardo Legorreta for his contribution to the mexican architecture, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Recognition from ARPAFIL ( Art, Architecture, Patrimony), Mexico.
Honorary Degree: Doctor of the Fine Arts, Honoris Causa from the Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island, USA. Manuel Tolsa Medal, UNAM, Mexico city.
Gold Medal from the Panamerican Association of Architects.
BOARD MEMBERSHIPS & COMMITTEES 1970-1981 Council Member of the International Council of the Museum of Modernart, MOMA New York. 1978 Member of the American Institute of Architects. 1989 Jerusalem´s International Committee, Israel. 1991 Board of Overseers Committee of Harvard College. 1994 American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. 1997 Academy of Architecture in France.
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Honorary member of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada. Honorary member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Board of Overseers Committee of Roger Williams University, Rhode Island, USA.
JURIES OF ARCHITECTURAL PRIZES / COMPETITIONS 1983 - 1993 Jury of the Pritzker Prize Award of Architecture. 2001 Member of the 2001 cycle Master Jury of the Aga Khan Award for the Architecture at Geneve. 2002 Member of the Pebble Beach Elegance Concourse. 2003 AIA Design Prizes from Dallas, Texas, USA. 2005 New Public Library of the State of Jalisco, Mexico. 2006 Jury member of 2007 AIA Gold Medal & 2007 AIA Architecture Firm Award. 2007 Member of the Jury of the Ciences & Arts National Prize, Mex. 2008 Member of the Jury “The Heart of Doha” Architectural Competition, Qatar. Member of the Jury International Criminal Court Architectural Design Competition, The Netherlands. MOST RELEVANT PROJECTS Santa Fe Visual Arts Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Chiron Life & Science Laboratories, San Francisco, California; The Tech Museum, San Jose, Schwab Residential Student Center in Stanford, California; San Antonio Library, Texas; National Center for the Arts, Mexico City; Managua Cathedral, Nicaragua; MARCO Museum and the Library of Monterrey, Mexico; Solana Master Plan and IBM Offices in Westlake-Southlake, Texas; Camino Real Hotels in Mexico City, Ixtapa, Cancun & Monterrey. His recent works include a residential Compound in Madrid; El Roble Offices, Salvador and Costa Rica; the Foreign Affairs Secretariat and the Upper Court of Justice in Mexico City; Multiplaza Center, San Salvador; the Texas A&M Engineering College and the College of Business & Computer Science, Qatar; Campus Center & Student Housing of the American University of Cairo Egypt; residential projects in the Mediterranean, Japan, Brazil, Salvador, USA (including Hawaii), and Mexico; Viceroy Mayacoba Hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and Margarita House, a Residential Compound in Guatemala. EDUCATION 1948-1952 Bachelor Degree in Architecture, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
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1999 2000 2004
LEGORRETA + LEGORRETA VICTOR LEGORRETA
ARCHITECTURAL AWARDS JUROR 1998 Member of the jury for the AIA, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 2000
Member of the AIA Orange County´s 25th Annual Design. Awards Juror Symposium, Newport Beach, CA.
Jury member of the AMDI (Mexican Association of Interior Design).
Jury member of the AIA Santa Clara ValleyDesign Awards.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 1986 Works during summer with Leason Pomeroy and Associates. Irvine, Ca, USA. 1987
Works during the summer with Martorell, Bohigas and Mackay, Barcelona, Spain.
Works during the summer with Fumihiko Maki, Tokyo, Japan.
1989-1991 Joins Legorreta Arquitectos as project director on projects such as El Club de Banqueros and el Papalote Museo del Niño, both in Mexico City. Construction of different residential projects in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. 1991-present Partner and lead designer in Legorreta Arquitectos, now called Legorreta + Legorreta. TEACHING EXPERIENCE 1995 Pacific Design Center, West Weer, USA. UCLA Expresion Program, USA. Universidad Vasco de Quiroga, Michoacan, Mexico. 1996
1st Cycle of Conferences about Mexican Architecture, Colegio de Arquitectos de Puebla. Instituto Superior de Arquitectura y diseño de Chihuahua, A.C., Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico. ITESO de Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. International Symposium of Architecture, Dos Escritorios High Tech, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
4th International Encounter of Architecture, Universidad de las Americas. A Raiz de la Modernidad, Permanencia y Evolucion, Puebla, Mexico.
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1st Cycle about Mexican Contemporary Architecture, Bogota, Colombia. Interdiscilplinary Architecture, Universidad del Valle devMexico, Mexico.
AIA Summit 2000, Western International Conference, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA. IX week of Design, Design Center of the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico.
2002-2003 Professor of Project Design in Universidad lberoamericana of Mexico City. 2004
College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology Expo Cihac, Mexico D.F.
Architectural Congress, Mexico City. Vertice Program, University of Mayab, Mexico. SCI-ARC (Southern California Institute of California), Los Angeles, CA, USA.
New projects, Tecnologico de Monterrey. Campus Santa Fe. Mexico City.
MOST RELEVANT PROJECTS “El Papalote” Children’s Museum in Mexico City; the Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, California; Televisa Office Complex in Mexico City; San Antonio Main Library in Texas; The College of Santa Fe Visual Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Schwab Residential Center for Stanford University in California; Chiron Life & Science Laboratories, Emeryville, Ca; the Mexican Pavilion Expo-Hannover 2000, Germany; Max Palevsky Residence Hall, Chicago; EGADE School of Business in Monterrey; Some of his recent works include a residential Compound in Madrid; El Roble Offices in Salvador and Costa Rica; the Foreign Affairs Secretariat and the Upper Court of Justice in Mexico City; the Mexican Museum in San Francisco; Multiplaza Center in San Salvador; the Texas A&M Engineering College and the College of Business & Computer Science in Qatar; Residential Projects in Israel, Japan, Brazil, Salvador, USA and Mexico; Residencial Complex in Playacar, Puerto Aventuras and 2 hotels. EDUCATION 1986-1990 Bachelor in Architecture, graduated from the Universidad lberoamericana Mexico City.
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Universidad del Valle de Mexico, Campus Lomas Verdes, Tiempo, Espacio en la Arquitectura, Mexico City.
BIOGRAPHY J. BRUCE BENNER, AIA
President and Chief Operating Officer, Gideon Toal
As President and Chief Operating Officer of Gideon Toal since 2001, and associated with the company for more than 25 years, Bruce Benner maintains Principal level involvement in significant local and regional projects, and collaborates with current leadership in the management of the firm. Tenure and expertise have positioned Benner throughout the years to help guide the firm through development transitions, expand the project experience base, and contribute in elevating Gideon Toal to its current status in the professional design and local business communities. Bennerâ€™s portfolio includes corporate campus development, new facilities and renovation/redevelopment of existing facilities through all phases of project delivery â€” from initial project budget analysis through construction administration and occupancy. Notable local projects include the Ericsson U.S. Headquarters, TxDOT TransVISION Traffic Management Center, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Headquarters, and Ryder Logistics Transportation Management Center. Currently, Benner is engaged as Principal in Charge of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Western Heritage Parking Garage, TRWD Engineering Annex, and BNSF Railway Corporate Expansion. Benner has 30 years of experience in project management/development, budget management, architecture, interiors, construction management, and client management. He currently focuses on enhanced project delivery, design and constructability of advanced technology, corporate, and institutional projects. Benner maintains involvement throughout the local community and, in addition to associated professional organizations, has served on the boards of Lena Pope Home, downtown Fort Worth Inc., and YMCA Downtown Board of Managers and Business. He continues his affiliations with Downtown Rotary, leadership Fort Worth, Volunteers for the Arts, Habitat for Humanity, and Fort Worth AIA.
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The State Dinosaur of Texas, Paluxysaurus jonesi, is the central figure in the Fort Worth Museum of Science and Historyâ€™s DinLabs.
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The State Dinosaur of Texas, Paluxysaurus jonesi, lived around 112 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period and was common to North Texas. The fully articulated dinosaur skeleton can be experienced at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
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DinoLabs Features State Dinosaur of Texas — Paluxysaurus jonesi
ho knew you could find dinosaurs in your own backyard? When exhibition ideas for the newly constructed Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (FWMSH) were being formulated, one of the major stories the Museum was excited to tell focused on the dinosaurs discovered in North Texas. DinoLabs and DinoDig® at the FWMSH bring this fascinating story to life with full articulations of dinosaur skeletons native to the region and a dig site replicating a local paleontological field site. DinoLabs is a 3,700-square-foot-gallery where guests can experience the immensity of the State Dinosaur of Texas for the very first time: Paluxysaurus jonesi. Skeletons of Tenontosaurus dossi and an ornithopod dinosaur are also fully articulated in the exhibition. Fossils and casts of two other dinosaur species are displayed, as well. Within this exhibition, guests have the opportunity to experiment with fossils, measure bones to determine dinosaur size and surrounding environment, and use microscopic discovery to compare dinosaur characteristics to those of present-day creatures. In recognition of the family’s generous contribution to the Museum’s capital campaign to construct the new building, brushed aluminum lettering on the entrance to the gallery housing this exhibit will designate the space the “Perry and Nancy Lee Bass Gallery.” “We are extremely proud to house the State Dinosaur of Texas, the Paluxysaurus jonesi, in our gallery. Ours is a large specimen — measuring 12 feet high at the shoulder and more than 60 feet in length, and weighing 22 tons,” said Museum of Science and History President Van A. Romans. “Another unique aspect of DinoLabs is that all of the dinosaurs are articulated from as many actual fossils as possible, rather than solely from fossil reproductions.” The culmination of DinoLabs is an interactive imaging station where guests can begin to reconstruct their own dinosaur based on information they’ve gleaned from the exhibition, as well as to find the right flora and fauna for their dinosaur creation. “Guests can actually create a dinosaur — determine its size, skin color and texture, diet, and living environment — by entering basic information into a computer system,” explained Chick Russell, president of Chick Russell Communications who was designated Creative Director of the Museum’s Dinolabs/ DinoDig®, Energy Blast, and Cattle Raisers Museum. “From a design aspect, we started with the focal point of the gallery — the Paluxysaurus jonesi articulation — and worked from there,” said Randall Webster, vice president of Emerald Palms Design Group, who was designated Director of
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“Guests can actually create a dinosaur — determine its size, skin color and texture, diet, and living environment.”
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Design for the Museum. “It is such a large structure, it was important that we balance the space somehow. That’s what we’ve done with the large color illustrations and line drawings on the walls.” DinoDig®, an outdoor experience, began with the Museum in 1993. An historical all-time favorite for young guests to the Museum, this updated exhibition invites guests to “become a paleontologist,” as they discover the skills needed to uncover and excavate fossils in a reproduction of the Jones Ranch where the Paluxysaursu jonesi was discovered in 1982. DinoDig® features rock formations embedded with fossils based on the actual dig site. “It was important for us to bring DinoDig® back to our patrons,” said Romans. “However, we wanted to bring it back in a contemporary, interactive fashion. The updated version enhances the learning experience by allowing our guests to understand the science and physics involved in fossil excavation and preservation.”
Paluxysaurus jonesi lived around 112 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period and was common to North Texas, based on fossils from Hood County and dinosaur foot prints from near Glen Rose, Texas. It measured close to 12 feet high at the shoulder, was approximately 60 feet in length, and weighed roughly 20 tons. The species in the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History was discovered at the Jones Ranch in Hood County. The dinosaur was originally identified as the Pleurocelus. However, in 2006, based on years of research, the massive sauropod was re-identified by then Southern Methodist University Geology Master’s student Peter Rose as belonging to a different species and was named Paluxysaurus jonesi. North Texas is home to at least six species of dinosaurs including Acrocanthosaurus, Paluxysaurus, Pawpawsaurus, Protohadros, Tenontosaurus, and an (as yet) unnamed small ornithopod dinosaur.
s museum guests explore the sandy ground of DinoDig®, they will discover authentic local fossils of shark teeth, clams, snails, sea biscuits, and ammonites dispersed throughout the exhibit. “In addition to the fun of discovering and digging up fossils, DinoDig® offers field guides that allow guests to experience the methodology behind fossil excavation,” said Russell. “It’s important that guests understand the science paleontologists use, so we incorporated an additional science overlay into DinoDig®. “DinoDig and DinoLabs provide our guests with two important aspects of paleontology,” said Museum of Science and History Curator of Science Dr. Aaron Pan. “DinoDig gives one a taste of the exhilaration and joy of fieldwork and discovery, while DinoLabs allows our guests to see how scientists prepare and study fossils to determine how these amazing animals lived and interacted with their environment.”
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DINOSAURS A skeleton of Tenontosaurus dossi is fully articulated in the DinoLabs of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. (detail)
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Believed to be the world’s largest living sculpture, this dinosaur topiary resides in the Topiary Courtyard of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. It was created by Joe Kyte in proportion to the State Dinosaur of Texas, the Paluxysaurus jonesi, which is fully articulated in the Museum’s DinoLabs.
62-foot-long Dinosaur Topiary Believed to be The World’s Largest The two-ton steel frame body of the Paluxysaurus jonesi was installed in the Topiary Courtyard, between the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Omni Theater and the Museum School, on Sept. 3, 2009. The topiary measures 62-feet from tip of head to tip of tail. Joe Kyte, “Topiary Joe,” creator and builder of the topiary, said he believes it to be the longest topiary in the world. The tallest topiary is in Manipur, India and measures 61-feet high, according to the “Guinness Book of World Records.” The hand-made topiary took three weeks for Kyte and his team, Lester Harris and Paul Forkner, from Tellico Plains, Tenn. to build. Kyte said this topiary is one of his sustainable green projects. “It’s a structure that lives,” Kyte said. “Everything is organic except the plastic and metal.” The topiary is modeled after the Texas State Dinosaur, the Paluxysaurus jonesi. “We are very excited to have this wonderful, living sculpture as part of the new Museum campus,” said Museum of Science and History President Van A.
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DINOSAURS Romans. “It is especially fitting that we have a replica of the State Dinosaur in the Courtyard, since we have the original in our DinoLabs.” The hydroponics topiary is meant to grow without the use of soil and will last 20-30 years, according to Kyte. The green matting, made of coconut hair and attached to the frame, consists of several different types of sedum. “It’s a sustainable, low-maintenance and forgiving plant,” Kyte said. “It should do very well in the Museum Courtyard.” The topiary will require minimum water after the roots have attached to the capillary matting beneath the frame. The capillary matting is a felt-type material and helps plants grow because of its ability to spread and retain water. Kyte said rooting will take up to two months and will only require watering one to two times a week and a “haircut” once or twice a year. The topiary will weigh close to six tons once it is planted, according to Kyte.
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Fort Worth Museum of Science and Historyâ€™s Energy Blast exhibition features a 4-D theater experience that takes guests to Fort Worth 300 million years ago. Journey to the Center of the Barnett Shale is a six-minute experience that explains the important role plankton played in forming natural gas within shale deposits of North Texas.
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An important component of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Energy Blast exhibition allows guests to experiment with various energy sources — both renewable and nonrenewable — to “power” a model city. Solar collectors are just one source available to meet the city’s energy needs.
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Energy Blast Tells The Story of Energy Resources in North Texas An innovative new energy exhibition within the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (FWMSH) tells the dynamic story of energy resources in North Texas through a unique combination of science and history. Energy Blast brings physics, technology, and innovative thinking to life as guests are asked to explore geophysical formations, calculate drilling depths and directions, and to experiment with new resources. Through interactive exhibits, multimedia, dioramas, and learning stations, Energy Blast immerses guests of all ages into the world of regional energy and alternative energy resources, and highlights the innovative pioneers who continue to make energy a leading industry in the region. “Energy Blast culminates with alternative energy sources, where guests are invited to ‘power’ a model city using various forms of energy including geothermal, solar, hydroelectricity, and wind,” said FWMSH President Van A. Romans. “The experience’s primary message is that new strategies will be needed to meet our long-term, sustainable energy future; we will need a multitude of energy ideas and innovation to maintain our standard of living.” The story of energy was developed by a team of academic and industry advisors who are recognized experts in the field including:
“Energy Blast brings physics, technology, and innovative thinking to life…”
Bonnie F. Jacobs, Ph.D., Director, Environmental Science and Studies Programs and Roy M. Huffington, Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas Ken Morgan, Ph.D., Director, Texas Christian University Energy Institute, Fort Worth
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Eric C. Potter, Associate Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin Andrée Griffin, Manager of Geology, Fort Worth Basin, XTO Energy, Inc., Fort Worth Housed in the Museum’s new XTO Energy Gallery, Energy Blast is geared for individuals age 11 and older. “When we looked at the story of energy in North Texas, the Barnett Shale became the natural story to tell,” Romans said. “It is one example of how innovative energy explorers in our region have used science and technology to mine the energy we need out of the ground. But, it’s only one way.
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INNOVATIVE, MULTI-SENSORY ENERGY EXHIBITION
ENERGY EXHIBITION, Cont.
“It is estimated that in the future, in the next 25 years, we are going to need 50 percent more energy,” Romans added. “This whole exhibition is about posing a question to everybody — saying, ‘These are the challenges and how are you going to respond?’” “Energy Blast is designed in such a way that guests will have multi-sensory experiences throughout the exhibit,” said Randall Webster, vice president of Emerald Palms Design Group, who was designated Director of Design for the Museum. “It is important that each of the areas within the exhibit is designed to be visually appealing, extraordinary in form, and scientifically and historically correct.” Guests to Energy Blast enter through a multi-sensory prehistoric undersea environment similar to Fort Worth 300 million years ago into the 4-D theater where they embark on Journey to the Center of the Barnett Shale, a six-minute experience that tells the story of how natural gas formed within shale deposits of North Texas. This experience allows guests to see, feel and hear this exciting story in a thrilling new way. “We chose to tell the story of the Barnett Shale because it is such an important, interesting and unique part of energy in this area,” said Chick Russell, president of Chick Russell Communications who was designated Creative Director of the Museum’s Energy Blast, Cattle Raisers Museum, and DinoLabs/ DinoDig®. The 4-D experience of the theater — which will be known as the Devon Energy Theater — invokes the senses of sight, sound and touch to bring the history and science of shale deposits to life as viewers don 3-D glasses and blast off aboard “TimeCraft,” journeying back to prehistoric time. Passengers discover how the Barnett Shale was formed and how geoscientists and petroleum engineers are using science and advanced technologies to extract the natural gas modern society needs. Returning back to the present, guests exit the 4-D theater and come face-toface with a real 50,000-pound seismic vibroseis truck. Interactive stations placed around the truck mimic the methodology behind this vibrating truck, which sends sound waves a mile-and-a-half underground. “The science is similar to an ultrasound,” said Russell. “The sound waves bounce off of the rock strata a mile and a half underground. Geologists input that seismic data into powerful computers to create 3-D images, which allow them to see underground formations so they know exactly where gas deposits are located.” Guests are given the opportunity to play an interactive game around the truck. “When they drive their truck to a vibe location and lower the truck’s vibe pad, they will actually feel the ground underneath them vibrate,” Russell said. “Guests will also be able to conduct interactive seismic sound experiments in this area as well.” A 30-foot model of a drilling apparatus is located in the exploration and production section of the exhibition. Large windows in this cantilevered gallery bring the outside in as guests experience a well in a full-sized rig command center “doghouse.” “Museum visitors can walk into what’s called a ‘doghouse’ and have a real technician demonstrate how a well is drilled. Out the window, guests will see roughnecks working on the rig floor. Most people won’t realize the illusion is magically created with projection,” Russell added. Another component of Energy Blast allows guests to experiment with various energy sources — both renewable and nonrenewable — to “power” a model city.
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“We’re asking participants to use their critical thinking skills to determine the appropriate mix of energy sources needed to bring power to a large city,” Russell said. “Our goal is to allow people to take what they’ve learned in the energy exhibition and apply it to ‘real life.’ “Our hope is that as guests go through an exhibition like this they will understand that we are putting science in context for them,” Russell said. “It is not an abstract science when they interact with the physics and technologies used to power their lives.” The final element within Energy Blast is “Energy Pioneers” where guests can research industry A 30-foot model of a drilling apparatus is located in the explorainnovators via tion and production section of the Energy Blast exhibition of the computer. “For Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. example, guests can discover how local energy explorer George Mitchell persevered by experimenting for 18 years before discovering how to extract gas from the strata,” Russell said. “This specific component of Energy Blast is a fine illustration of the impetus behind our new environment of learning,” Romans said. “It gives examples of how innovative thinking in science — in Mitchell’s case, physics — and experimentation lead to an important discovery that changed the world. “It is important for young people to understand and to learn about this because we need their help and their creativity to explore and discover how to meet energy needs for the future.” Romans added. “Our goal is to inspire every person that experiences this exhibition to be a part of the energy solution.”
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The Inventor Studio within Innovation Studios of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History allows guests to explore light, shadow, motion and color through many different experiences. The studio has the ability to be darkened totally, so guests will be able to explore black light in the space.
Promoting learning through discovery is the mission of the newly constructed Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (FWMSH). That’s why the Museum’s five Innovation Studios are located in the central heart of the building. “Our goal is to bring learning through discovery to the forefront of this Museum,” said Museum of Science and History President Van A. Romans. “When I came on board as president of the museum five years ago, the rich learning environments and programs were hidden away downstairs. In this new facility, we brought learning upstairs into a contemporary, open environment where our guests can participate and observe learning as it is happening.”
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INNOVATION STUDIOS FOR DISCOVERY LEARNING
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“Our goal is to bring learning through discovery to the forefront of this Museum.”
DOODLER STUDIO: Miki Gabbard, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Director of Youth and Family Programs; Adriana Alvarez, Museum School Educator and Trends Specialist; Lynn Dally, Museum School Educator and Associate Professor of Art, Tarrant County College The philosophy of the Doodler Studio replicates the discovery approach that has been the foundation of the Museum’s “Museum School” program for almost 60 years. Programs in Doodler offer a unique combination of science, history and anthropology with artistic interpretations. When people, especially children, mix their constructed knowledge of a particular science subject with imagination and artistic expression, it opens the possibility for them to engage in innovative thinking. Doodler offers open access to Museum School-type programs to the general public. Special weekend and summer classes for youth and families also will be offered in this Studio. The goal of the Doodler Studio is to create a supportive environment for self expression and inventive imagination — a place where art becomes science and science becomes art. DESIGNER STUDIO: Cathy Barthelemy, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Director of Professional Development and CommunITy Programs; Karen Jo Matsler, Ph.D., Texas Center for Inquiry Staff, Adjunct Professor, Dallas Baptist University, and American Association of Physics Teachers Professional Development Evaluator Because the design process is an incredibly creative and rigorous one, this Studio will provide a space that allows guests to problem solve in interesting ways around a specific Studio vision. Upon opening, the Designer Studio will explore Illuminations — light, shadow, motion, and color — through many different
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Targeting guests age 9 and older, Innovation Studios are five flexible spaces dedicated to offering lifelong learning experiences for every guest. Not only will guests be involved with programs and projects inside the studios benefit, but because of the huge glass walls, all Museum guests have the opportunity to learn through observation. “Innovation Studios are based on our 70-year-old heritage of educational programming and partnership excellence,” said Museum of Science and History Executive Vice President, Innovation Colleen Blair. “Respectful of our guests’ unique identities, the Studios offer multi-disciplinary experiences and materials meant to illicit curiosity, wonder, intrigue, and inspiration.” Innovation Studios will enable a wide spectrum of educators and community leaders to collaborate and access Museum resources and programs. Studios also will provide community access to high-quality learning tools and technologies while supporting expanded community and international engagement through distance learning. In recognition of the family’s generous gift to the Museum’s campaign to construct the new building, the gallery space inside the studio area will be known as the Paul E. Andrews, Jr. Foundation Gallery. Each of the following five Studios builds on core capacities of Museum educational excellence and a rich heritage of collaboration and partnership.
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The Inventor Studio within Innovation Studios of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History focuses on tinkering with technology. Guests are encouraged by successful inventors through their inspirational statements hanging in the studio.
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INVENTOR STUDIO: Rebecca Reed, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Manager of CommunITy Studios; Becky Carroll, Inverness Research Associates, Inverness California The Inventor Studio will house the National Science Foundation grant-based program, CommunITy Studios. Targeting tweens and teens — middle and high school students — this Studio focuses on digital technology and technology-based tinkering. Upon opening, studio guests will experiment with electricity and light. IMAGINER STUDIO: Carol Earman, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Manager of Outreach; Kristin Wollman, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History School Services As curious guests search for more and more information, Imaginer Studio will put resources at their fingertips — books, periodicals, web access. The studio will engage visitors through topic-related artifacts and experts. As the home to the Texas Center for Inquiry, Imaginer Studio will offer various professional development opportunities to educators from all disciplines. Texas Center for Inquiry: The Texas Center for Inquiry provides science educators in-depth experiences in science inquiry through institutes, workshops, forums and follow-up coaching. The Center’s mission is to help professional developers and teacher leaders incorporate science inquiry into their curricula in ways consistent with the National Science Education Standards and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.
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“Active, bright, whimsical, inspirational — each Studio is unique to the learner it will entice.”
EXPLORER STUDIO: Gerri Maglia, Education Specialist, Texas Education Telecommunications Network; Anne Herndon, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Director of School and Group Programs. The Explorer Studio will house the Museum’s Distance Learning program where students can virtually explore Museum collections and engage in hands-on experience without leaving their classrooms. Distance Learning is an educational component that provides Museum programming to schools all over the country and Canada. The courses are taught by in-house experts including Museum staff members — educators and curators — and various outside experts. The Museum’s Distance Learning program has received various awards including Teacher’s Choice Award in 2008; Honorable Mention in 2009 given by the Berrien RESA Educational Agency in Michigan; and the Pinnacle Award in 2009 by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. “Each Studio space is designed for specific programs,” said Blair. “Active, bright, whimsical, inspirational — each Studio is unique to the learner it will entice.” Studio experiences are included in the Museum admission price for each guest, and Studios are active during Museum hours.
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experiences. These experiences will allow guests to tinker, explore and play with light and shadow in an open-ended, inquiry-based manner.
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The entryway to the Childrenâ€™s Museum inside the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is a reproduction of the dragon head that greeted guests to the Museum on Summit in the 1940s and 1950s.
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Outside the Children’s Museum of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is a brilliant pink — rosa mexicano — pergola designed by Ricardo Legorreta. The patio’s outdoor experience includes several innovative water play stations.
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THE LITTLE BIG PLACE
Gallery Pays Homage to Museum’s Legacy
he Fort Worth Children’s Museum within the newly constructed Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (FWMSH) harkens back to the Museum’s humble beginnings in a house on Summit Avenue Street. The FWMSH was chartered as the Fort Worth Children’s Museum in 1941. The Children’s Museum gallery targets the Museum’s youngest guests — age birth to 8 — and those who care for them. The purpose is to encourage opportunities for children to play, knowing that at this age level, children are learning through play. “Play is their work, and our goal is to provide developmentally appropriate opportunities for all children,” said Museum Senior Vice President, Education Kit Goolsby. “To that end, this gallery has both an indoor and an outdoor experience.” Inside the Children’s Museum is a healthy kids clinic, an infant/toddler developmental space, a parent resource room that will also serve as a multipurpose space, a family restroom, a nursing room for mothers, and a natural science space. “Our natural science space will exhibit one of our largest fully articulated specimens from the natural science collection,” said Goolsby. “It’s a Galapagos turtle that will be in a large dome so our young guests can see it from all angles.” Live reptiles and amphibians will be a central element of the Children’s Museum. They will be placed in their living environments so that children can observe and learn about their daily habits. The Children’s Museum features an indoor block-building site where children can construct a train, and the kids grocery. Outside is a brilliant pink — rosa mexicano — pergola designed by Ricardo Legorreta. Underneath the pergola is the outdoor construction exhibit where children can actually build a project. The outdoor experience also includes several innovative water play stations. The entryway to the Children’s Museum is a reproduction of the dragon head that greeted guests to the Museum on Summit in the 1940s and 1950s. “We have also repurposed some of the glass bubble tubes that used to be in the museum on Montgomery Street,” added Goolsby. “One of the most significant aspects of the Children’s Museum is that it is an opportunity for children and their parents or caregivers to play together,” said Museum of Science and History President Van A. Romans. “This gives adults the chance to focus one hundred percent on the child without distraction. These shared experiences create memories that are the foundation for learning.” Two major donors to the Museum’s capital campaign to construct the new building will be recognized through signage associated with the Fort Worth Children’s Museum. Brushed aluminum lettering outside the main entrance to the Children’s Museum will designate the space the “Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Gallery.” Similar lettering will designate the outdoor areas as the “Mr. and Mrs. John Kleinheinz Courtyard.”
“Play is their work, and our goal is to provide developmentally appropriate opportunities for all children.”
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Sculpture by Barrett DeBusk Enhances Museum School Courtyard
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he Happy Family, a site-specific metal sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Barrett DeBusk, was installed recently in the Museum School Courtyard of the new Fort Worth Museum of Science and History building. “Because Barrett’s 3-Dimensional work is figurative and a bit whimsical, we commissioned him to create a fun, family-focused sculpture especially for this unique children’s area,” said Museum of Science and History President Van A. Romans. “We are delighted by the outcome!” Created from powder-coated metal, the grouping includes a “father and his two children — a boy and a girl,” said DeBusk. “My intention was to present a family that has just visited the Museum of Science and History — to bring to life the excitement and fun they were having,” he added. “The young boy appears quite exuberant while the little girl is more shy and reserved,” DeBusk explained. “Having lived and worked in Fort Worth, I was especially pleased to receive this commission. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to create a sculpture specifically for an institution I admire.” The brilliant cobalt-blue artwork is set in a secure courtyard against bright tangelo-colored walls — one of the many architectural elements specific to a Legorreta + Legorreta building design. “In this setting, the sculpture is approachable and something young children can relate to,” Romans said. “It is a perfect addition to our beautiful new campus.” Barrett DeBusk holds both a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas, Denton. His work is represented in collections across the world including: Miyake Design Research, Japan; Art in Embassies Program, Washington, DC; Reflex Miniatuur Museum, Amsterdam; Hope Children’s Hospital, Chicago; and Le Logis, Velleron, France. DeBusk is represented by The William & Joseph Gallery, Santa Fe.
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LEARNING EARLY Museum School Program Advances Early Childhood Learning
or more than 60 years, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Museum School program has been the foundation of the Museum’s work in early childhood learning. Since its founding in 1949, more than 200,000 children have participated in this one-of-a-kind program, which was one of the first in the United States to be accredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children. The primary purpose of Museum School is to give very young children — ages 3 to 6 — a chance to expand their mental horizons by helping them learn from vivid first-hand experiences about the wonderful and fascinating world of science around them. “For example, the new Museum School classrooms open into a secure, landscaped courtyard where children can observe nature — the perfect setting to supplement our lesson on insects,” said Museum of Science and History Senior Vice President, Education Kit Goolsby. In recognition of the family’s generous contributions to the Museum’s campaign to construct its new facility, the new Museum School building will be known as the Nancy Lee Bass Schoolhouse. The Museum School curriculum combines natural and physical sciences, history, and anthropology with art, music and literature. The unique feature of Museum School is that young students can learn from science materials and historical artifacts available in the Museum. “We purposely designed the new building so that the Museum School area includes our open collection storage room,” said Museum President Van A. Romans. “The storage area is enclosed in glass and is located directly across from the classrooms. This allows our youngest students immediate access to the Museum’s learning collection and allows them to observe our collections staff working with the objects.” Beyond the classroom experience for children, Museum School also provides an important field learning experience for future schoolteachers through an ongoing relationship with Texas Christian University’s (Fort Worth) College of Education. “Museum School has become a national model for informal science education,” said Goolsby. “For more than 13 years, university students studying early childhood education have participated in Museum School classrooms each semester, receiving course credit for their work.” Museum School’s tuition-based programs include school-year preschool classes — a 38-week program — and Saturday and summer sessions for preschool through sixth grade students.
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“Museum School has become a national model for informal science education.”
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Preschool classes at the Museum of Science and History began in 1949 under the direction of Francis Hicks Townsend and Ann H. Webb, when the Museum was located in a house on Summit Street in Fort Worth. The program was called the â€œFrisky and Blossom Clubâ€? after a pet opossum and a pet skunk. In the beginning, classes were one hour in length and were limited to 10 children. By 1953, program enrollment had increased to 25 children each, and by 1955 had grown in size to 30 children. Early in the program, young participants were from the local community. 1985 Museum School enrollment reflected 72 percent from Fort Worth, 21 percent from Tarrant County and 7 percent from out-of-county. The 2002 Museum School demographics reported 52 percent of enrollment from the city, 18 percent from within the county, and 30 percent from out-ofcounty.
Museum School classrooms in the newly constructed Fort Worth Museum of Science and History feature clean lines and bright colors.
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THE “OAK ROOM”
An Elegant Special Event Space
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History introduces a new special event space, the “Oak Room,” available for public rental. Named for the beautiful Heritage Live Oak tree in the Courtyard — which is just across the hall — this elegant 3,400 square-foot room features architectural elements unique to the internationally renowned architects from Mexico City, Legorreta + Legorreta. In keeping with the theme of maximizing the use of light throughout the new building, the room is fitted with custom onyx sconces on the east and west walls for indirect lighting. The walls are lined with Waynes Coating, combining American Cherry with a signature Legorreta textured wall. Design Architect for Legorreta + Legorreta, Samuel Aguilar, said the American Cherry was used because of its rich color and because it was available locally. The symmetrical room can be sized to accommodate small events with movable partitions, separating the room into Oak Room West and Oak Room East. The full Oak Room can accommodate up to 250 people. In addition to the Oak Room, guests can rent exhibit spaces and the Heritage Courtyard. The Oak Room is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, allowing for a variety of events ranging from an educational program or awards ceremony to a luncheon, wedding, or birthday celebration. The Heritage Courtyard is a splendid example of a Legorreta + Legorreta design element — a “patio” that creates a strong interaction between interior and exterior spaces. With large glass panels on three sides, the Courtyard incorporates bright jacaranda blue walls and an existing live oak tree with an immense 40-foot canopy with a minimalist water fountain and reflecting pool. In recognition of the Foundation’s generous contribution to the Museum’s capital campaign to construct the new building, brushed aluminum lettering on the entrance to the room will designate the space as the “Amon G. Carter Foundation Oak Room.” Vice President of Operations for the Museum, Amy Duncan, describes the room as flexible and fit for multi-use. The room is self-contained for video and sound. Technological capabilities within the Oak Room include: Retractable screens Built-in DVD player Hidden projector Ceiling speakers Input panels, such as VGA cords Disc jockey set up Floor pockets with retractable plug-in cords Controllable lighting and sound Wireless and hand-held microphones Wireless internet accessibility The room has a high sound rating because the ceiling is designed with a system to absorb and detangle sound waves, which minimizes reverberation. Sodexo Leisure Services, a leader in serving cultural destinations, provides full catering services for the Oak Room. The Room is available to rent during operating hours; however, Museum exhibit spaces will be available for rental after 5 p.m. More information about the Oak Room can be found on the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Web site: www.fortworthmuseum.org. Rental inquiries should be directed to Sodexo Sales Representatives, who can provide rental rates and event coordination.
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“Stars Café” Provides Quality Service and Delicious Fare
uests will enjoy a new family-friendly food court eatery — “Stars Café” — when the newly constructed Fort Worth Museum of Science and History opens to the public Friday Nov. 20, 2009. The Café provides a variety of cuisines with the following five food stations, offering something for everyone. Deli station with hand-crafted sandwiches made on Artesian breads Specialty station offering North Texas regional favorites, Tex-Mex and barbecue Italian station with pizza and pasta selections Grill station with gourmet hamburgers and quesadillas Express station with pre-made items ideal for grab and go.
Café services for the Museum are provided by Sodexo Leisure Services, a leading provider of dining options for cultural destinations. Museum Executive Vice President, Innovation Colleen Blair, said this café will open doors after a three-year thought process to provide the best in dining opportunities to guests. “There was no food service capacity for guests in the old Museum,” Blair said. “If guests choose us for their learning and leisure activities we want them to enjoy the highest quality in food service.” Blair said in the Museum’s search for a food service provider, Sodexo was chosen because of the organization’s ability to meet the need and values of the institution. Sodexo provides culinary services to numerous cultural institutions including the Dallas Museum of Art and Houston Zoo. Stars Café offers 164 indoor seating spaces with additional seating for 50 available on the terrace facing the Western Heritage Plaza. Hours for the café are the same as the Museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Dining is easily accessible to guests as they walk through a straight-line café, using display monitors to make their food selections. Food prices at the café are comparable to local cultural institutions. In recognition of the couple’s generous contribution to the Museum’s capital campaign to construct the new building, brushed aluminum lettering in the main dining room will designate the space as the “Steve and Betsy Palko Café.” Stars Café features “Kid Zone” menu items in each station, offering healthy selections for children. “Sodexo’s mission is to provide fresh, nutritious meals while working within the ethnic, cultural, and nutritional needs of our clients,” Connie Chambers, district manager for Sodexo said. “This is one reason TexMex and barbecue are on the menu — the cuisine ties nicely to the historical elements within the Museum.” In addition to offering healthy lunches and afternoon snacks, Sodexo demonstrates green business practices by minimizing the use of paper products and using post-consumer cardboard and recycled napkins.
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More Than a Retail Shop
he Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s (FWMSH) retail store, “Shop Too!,” is unlike any other store in the Fort Worth area. Guided by the museum’s vision statement, “transforming lives through extraordinary learning environments,” the Museum shop continues the educational experience and becomes an extension of the Museum itself. The 3,000-square-foot store is located near the main entrance of the newly constructed building. Merchandise sold in the Museum store relates directly to the institution’s science and history exhibitions. Some items have a product identification system, either the “FWMSH Building Blocks” or the “FWMSH Learning Lantern” classification. These labeling systems will be reviewed by the Museum’s curators, educators, and exhibit programmers, as well as children and their families to ensure merchandise fits the criteria for education and learning. Joan Doyle, principal of Doyle + Associates, a leading retail consultant to museums, said the idea for these labels was a result of the tremendous in-house resource the Museum has in its educators and curators. “The labels will represent items the curators and educators have reviewed and selected as products of exceptional learning value that will build upon and continue the Museum learning experience at home,” Doyle said. The “Building Blocks” labels are tools that will help shoppers make informed decisions about what toys, activities and games will best help a child explore and learn more about specific topics. “Building Blocks” will be for children ages 8 and younger, focusing on early childhood development such as social and cognitive skills. “Learning Lantern” labels are age appropriate for individuals 8 and older, focusing on life-long learners that aren’t in a formal educational setting. The Museum store offers a printed brochure about the product identification system to help consumers understand the educational value and rating of an item. Shop Too! features a broad selection of merchandise including science kits, telescopes, dinosaur models, fossils, robotic and technology products, green precuts, and hand-made jewelry, as well as an extensive book department. There is an item for everyone and at every price point. Doyle said the store has many one-of-a-kind articles. “We spent 18 months searching for merchandise that you can’t find anywhere else,” she said. “Shop Too! is truly unique to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.” The Museum store has a playground feature for younger guests, offering a slide modeled after a stegosaurus dinosaur, called “Bumpasaurus.” The 12-foot
“The labels will represent items the curators and educators have reviewed and selected as products of exceptional learning value that will build upon and continue the Museum learning experience at home.”
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PHOTO BY GLEN ELLMAN
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History store, Shop Too!, has a playground feature for younger guests, offering a slide modeled after a stegosaurus dinosaur, called â€œBumpersaurus.â€? The 12-foot dinosaur slide is made of recycled materials, including decorative Texas license plates, construction buckets for its feet, headlights for its eyes, rearview mirrors for its eyelashes, 400 moon hubcaps for the side scales, and half of a bumper car for its nose. The dinosaur slide also has plates made with 520 steel nuts on its back to resemble the stegosaurus.
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dinosaur slide is made of recycled materials, including decorative Texas license plates, construction buckets for its feet, headlights for its eyes, rearview mirrors for its eyelashes, 400 moon hubcaps for the side scales, and half of a bumper car for its nose. The dinosaur slide also has plates made with 520 steel nuts on its back to resemble the stegosaurus. The slide is painted in the signature Legorreta + Legorreta colors, jacaranda (blue) and rosa mexicano (pink) to match the building. The slide measures six feet tall and includes sound and light features, both of which are triggered by the child going down the slide. Guests will climb up the dinosaur’s tail and come out of the creature’s mouth, landing on a soft pad made of recycled rubber products. “The Museum came to us and wanted something signature, fresh and original,” said Allen Boerger, principal for Roto Studios, who fabricated the slide. “This piece is idiosyncratic, and it truly is a custom unique creature.” Shop Too! has a ruby red CaesarStone countertop, made of 93 percent natural quartz and up to 35 percent post-consumer recycled glass. The face and sides of the counter are made of Lagos Azul limestone veneer that reflects the wavy pattern found in the carpet. In addition to Shop Too!, the Museum offers a “Special Exhibition Store” in the second floor Special Exhibitions Gallery. The first special exhibition is CSI: The Experience, an exhibit on forensic science developed by the FWMSH in cooperation with CBS Television. “The space will be about 500-square-feet,” said Debra Norman, retail operations manager for the Museum of Science and History. “Upon opening, the satellite shop will feature merchandise related to the CSI exhibition. As the special exhibitions change, so will the merchandise in the store.”
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THE SCIENCE OF LIGHT, OPTICS, & VISUAL PERCEPTION Astonish yourself with optical illusions and amazing visual phenomena as you explore the science of human perception in this fascinating kit, now available in the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History store, “Shop Too!.” Experiment with light and the color spectrum by building a color wheel, a fiber optic peacock, and diffraction glasses. Learn how the eye and a camera are similar and how they are different. Conduct more than 24 experiments, guided by the 48-page, full-color experiment book. Ages 8 and up.
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Noble Planetarium Features First Zeiss-Manufactured Hybrid Planetarium System
hen the newly constructed Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (FWMSH) opens to the public Friday Nov. 20, 2009, it brings the first Zeissmanufactured hybrid planetarium system — an immersive all-dome video combined with a fiber optic dual-hemisphere star projector to see more than 7,000 stars — to the Southwest United States. The new Planetarium also features an exhibit area that provides large screens with up-to-the-minute views of the Sun, as well as downlinks offering the latest information from the Hubble Telescope. “Our new Noble Planetarium is a giant leap into the 21st century, incorporating the very latest cutting-edge technology in the planetarium field,” said Planetarium Director Linda Krouse. “Guests to our new facility need to bring only one thing — their imagination — and we will whisk them away as real-time explorers through the incredible wonders of our universe!”
NEW NOBLE PLANETARIUM DETAILS Zeiss SKYMASTER ZKP-4 star projector which projects thousands more stars more clearly than ever before. Two (2) star balls that cover the entire sky — both the northern and southern hemispheres. Sciss UniVeiw flies Planetarium visitors to the edge of the universe and back. This live-action software allows real-time visits to any location in the known universe. 890-square foot, pre-show area features: – an official Sputnik satellite – a replica of NASA’s original Manned Maneuvering Unit, which allowed astronauts the ability to fly without a tether to the Space Shuttle – one (1) large plasma screen with ViewSpace, real-time information from the Hubble Space Telescope and other up-to-the-minute space news; – four (4) large plasma screens presenting real-time images from the Charlie Mary Noble Solar Observatory at the University of North Texas; – a beautifully-displayed 400-pound rare pallasite meteorite from the Brenham meteorite field in Kansas – an ever-changing exhibit case, initially containing the 100-pound Blue Mound, Texas meteorite. Upon opening, programming in the 100-seat Planetarium will feature Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, an all-dome production by the Denver Museum
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Technicians for the Carl Zeiss Group, creator of the hybrid planetarium system that will enable the viewing of both hemispheres, (from the left) Gunnar Faber and Klaus Ulrich Noak, work on the Zeiss SKYMASTER ZKP-4 star projector in the new Noble Planetarium at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
of Nature and Science. It offers guests a visual experience of the black hole, providing a complete picture of this mysterious phenomenon. Texas Sky Tonight… LIVE! will offer a real viewing of the sky, revealing the wonder of the stars, constellations and planets. These two shows will run until early February 2010. “Creation of this exemplary new Planetarium is an enormous step forward in reaffirming our dedication to Charlie Mary Noble and the work she did,” said Museum of Science and History President Van A. Romans. “The state-of-the-art equipment and software, as well as the brilliantly purple-colored exterior dome, symbolize what Miss Noble stood for and our dedication to expanded planetarium programs that will continue to touch the lives of children and their families.”
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The Fort Worth Children’s Museum was the first children’s museum in the world to house a planetarium, which it received in 1949. It was an oblate spheroid, 18 feet in diameter, constructed of plywood and cardboard erected under a tent in the museum’s backyard. It was in this setting that one of Spitz’ first instruments, a model “A-1,” was used. The seating consisted of steel folding chairs. When the Museum moved to its location on Montgomery Street, the Spitz A-1 moved under a spherical 30-foot dome of plaster. In 1955, this planetarium was dedicated to Miss Charlie Mary Noble, a local teacher of mathematics. It was the first planetarium in the world to be named for a woman. In 1968, the Fort Worth Children’s Museum became the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
CATTLE RAISERS MUSEUM
An Overview of The Science and History of The Cattle Industry
he Cattle Raisers Museum is a 10,000 square-foot exhibition dedicated to preserving and celebrating the vital history and science of the cattle industry. The visitor experience begins by tracing the origins and development of ranching as both an industry and cultural phenomenon in the 1850s and takes them on a journey through the cattle industry and into the future of the business. These galleries tell the story of the challenges and accomplishments of Texas and Southwestern cattle raisers over the past 150 years. Designed to provide both an educational and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages, the exhibits incorporate a high degree of interactivity coupled with traditional museum methods of presentation.
The Trail Mural Located at the entrance of the Museum, the Trail Mural is a large curving mural of the Goodnight Loving Trail by artist Tom Gilleon. The scene transitions from a thunderstorm to a hot prairie day. Lightning effects flash in the distance as moving clouds float above the far off hills. A soundscape of plodding hooves, lowing cattle, jingling spurs and Blue’s Bell will complete the experience.
The Open Range Trail: 1850 - 1890 The early challenges and triumphs of raising cattle are expressed in this area. From the formation of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association to the destructive effects of pests and the invention of barbed wire, the “Open Range” exhibit illustrates how cattle raisers got their start. From hiring cowboys and
The Open Range Trail in the Cattle Raisers Museum brings guests into an early cattle drive.
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The Digital Trail in the Cattle Raisers Museum provides up-to-date information about the Cattle Industry.
rounding up cattle on the open range, to drives along trails to railroad towns for shipment to market, Cattle Raisers had many challenges in the early years. Patrons will have the opportunity to take part in a cattle drive in the “Ride Along Round Up” exhibit.
Digital Trail: 2000 - Present Visitors to the “Digital Trail” will watch as innovation and technology take the cattle industry into the 21st century. Featuring an interactive display about the nutritional aspects of beef, this exhibit showcases the ever-growing list of products you use every day that are derived from cattle including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, household goods, textiles, clothing and transportation. The “Digital Trail” displays current innovations in the cattle raising industry including a microchipping device, GPS tracking, online auctions, virtual fences and the bovine genome project.
Ride-A-Long Roundup In the most interactive Cattle Raisers Museum exhibit, visitors will face a mural of the Charles Goodnight trail and mount one of four interactive horses with computer screens to test their skills in successfully driving cattle on the open range. A fifth fixed horse station is available for those unable to participate in the simulated ride.
New Horizons Trail: 1890 - 1940 Along the “New Horizons Trail,” visitors see growth, expansion and booming business, as well as drought and the Great Depression’s toll on the cattle industry. During this time, women and children arrive on the scene and with them the beginnings of major ranches including the King Ranch. Additionally, trains and
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The Vision Trail in the Cattle Raisers Museum presents mechanized ranching.
stockyards are introduced, and brand inspectors look out for rustlers to make the job of the cowboy easier. This trail features the Cattle Car Theater, branding games and “Run-A-Ranch,” a digitally-enhanced, interactive game where visitors build and manage the daily operations of their own virtual ranch.
Vision Trail: 1940 - 2000 With the mass exodus of cowboys and ranchers off to World War II, women, older men, migrants and boys begin running the ranches. Cattle raisers responded by mechanizing ranches to compensate for labor shortages and to meet wartime beef demand. In the “Vision Trail”, visitors will follow as more modern and practical ways of bringing herd to market including rail, trucks and highway systems come into being. Local livestock auctions, and stock shows like the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo gain popularity and showcase the pomp and circumstance surrounding the cattle raising industry. In this exhibit, visitors will learn the ways in which cattle raisers made their businesses more efficient, and see the rise in the smaller “mom & pop” style operations due to modern transportation opportunities.
Run-A-Ranch Patrons will have the chance to test their skills in a computer-based program that allows visitors to become ranchers. Each participant is given a start up allowance and asked to operate a ranch. Set at the turn of the century, this interactive ranching game takes your choices and purchases and plots how your ranch would fare over the course of a year in the early days of cattle raising.
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Thundering Herd Multimedia Experience The 100-seat Noble Planetarium invites visitors to sit and watch a brief yet informative history on the diversity of cattle raisers. Museum-goers will see and hear from cowboys huddled around campfires, vaqueros recounting the first livestock to arrive from Spain into the New World, and Native Americans that hunted bison. Little do they know a stampede is coming right for them at the end of the show!
In 1979, leaders of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) organized the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation, which operates the Cattle Raisers Museum. Their mission is to provide opportunities for people of all ages to learn about the history, heritage, economics, science and culture of the livestock industry of the Southwest. The Cattle Raisers Foundation’s vision is to continue to build platforms to preserve the history and advance the future of the livestock industry in the Southwest through: Cattle Raisers Museum exhibits Education initiatives and programming Providing scholarship opportunities to inspire young people to pursue careers in agriculture Capturing the oral histories of the people who define the industry A board of trustees, including the president of the TSCRA, directs the Foundation, which is responsible for the management and development of the Cattle Raisers Museum.
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he Cattle Raisers Museum is a 10,000 square-foot recreation of the finest exhibition dedicated to preserving and celebrating the vital history and science of the cattle industry. The exhibits within the Museum tell the story of the challenges and accomplishments of Texas and Southwestern cattle raisers over the past 150 years. Designed to provide both an educational and entertaining experience for audiences of all ages, the exhibits incorporate a high degree of interactivity coupled with traditional museum methods of presentation.
Blue’s Bell The Cattle Raisers Museum acquired Blue’s Bell in 2004. Every trail herd had its dominant steer, which by instinct strode to the front of the bunch to lead the way. If a steer did the job well, it would not be sold; it would be brought home to lead the other herds north. Charles Goodnight owned such a valuable steer in Old Blue, whom he had bought from cattleman John Chisum. Goodnight put a bell around Old Blue’s neck, and the other steers learned to follow the familiar ringing. During eight seasons, more than 10,000 head followed Old Blue to Dodge City — a one-way trip for them but not for Blue. Old Blue, according to range legend, “could find the best water, the best grass, and the easiest river crossings, and could even soothe a nervous herd during a storm with his reassuring bawl.” After his last drive, he was retired to a permanent pasture and lived to be 20 years old. At his death his horns were mounted in a place of honor in the Goodnight ranch office.
Ken Spain Saddle Collection In 1992, the Cattle Raisers Museum acquired 14 saddles collected by Ken Spain of Aledo, Texas. Dating from the 1850s to the 1920s, the saddle styles vary from a half seat to a full seat, loop seat, and double and single rigging. The collection includes saddles by such well-known makers as J. S. Collins and E. L. Goettlich.
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Blue’s Bell: Charles Goodnight’s most valuable steer, Old Blue, was a dominant steer who instinctively led the other steers north. Goodnight put a bell around Old Blue’s neck, and the other steers learned to follow the familiar ringing. During eight seasons, more than 10,000 head followed Old Blue to Dodge City.
Joe Russell Spur Collection Purchased from retired San Angelo rancher Joe Russell, this collection of 52 pairs of spurs includes works of artistic distinction and historical interest. Oscar Crockett, P. M. Kelly, and J. R. McChesney — the big three Texas-style spur makers — are well represented. So too are eastern spur producers such as the August Buermann Manufacturing Company, famous for the inexpensive and ubiquitous “OK” style spurs. Hand-forged spurs, made by individual Texas craftsmen, are also highlighted, including one pair of brass spurs, made in the King Ranch blacksmith shop, and worn by a cowboy in the 1930s. The Cattle Raisers Museum acquired this outstanding spur collection with support from the G. Rollie White Foundation Trust in 1996.
Leonard Stiles Branding Iron Collection In 1989, Leonard Stiles, former Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association brand inspector, presented 1,014 branding irons to the Cattle Raisers Museum. While the sheer numbers are impressive, it is Stiles’ meticulous documentation that makes this branding iron collection exceptional. Stiles recorded how he acquired each iron, the ranch that registered the iron, and the dates it was in use. The Stiles collection is thus an outstanding resource for researchers interested in Texas brands. Moreover, it includes historically significant irons like the Spanish brand that belonged to Stephen F. Austin, the 1819 J Cross W brand — the oldest iron continually used by a single Texas family — plus branding irons registered by celebrity ranchers including former Texas Rangers Pitcher Nolan Ryan, former Dallas Cowboys Linebackers Lee Roy Jordan and Chuck Howley, and actor John Wayne.
Quanah Parker’s Headdress Quanah Parker, the son of a Comanche chief and Cynthia Ann Parker, a captive pioneer woman, was a Comanche leader who became a bold warrior and served as war chief of the Kwahadi Comanche of the Stacked Plains. In later years, he prospered as both a farmer and the managing agent for business deals between Anglos and Native Americans — he was reputed to be the wealthiest Native American in North America. In 1886 he became a judge of the Court of Indian Affairs. By 1890 he was principal chief of all Comanche bands; and was also a major figure in the peyote religion. In 1905, he rode beside Geronimo in the inaugural parade of President Theodore Roosevelt. His famed full-length headdress, with 64 eagle feathers, will be on display in the Cattle Raisers Museum.
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Featured is a F. A. Meanea saddle which was among the first fully tooled saddles with matching bags, the only known saddle by Helena, Mont. maker Peter Franklin, and a Miles City, Mont. saddle recognized as one of the finest in existence today. The acquisition of this magnificent saddle collection was made possible by a partial donation by Ken Spain and by a grant from the G. Rollie White Trust of Fort Worth.
BIOGRAPHY B. BYRON PRICE
B. Byron Price, director of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at the University of Oklahoma, is leading the Cattle Raisers Museum in the scholarly research for exhibit content. Price has an extensive museum background and is author of many journal articles and books on western American history and art. He is very well respected throughout the museum community and American history scholars for his expertise and knowledge. Before taking his current position, Price spent nearly 25 years in the museum profession. He served as executive director of the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas (1982-1986); the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City (1987-1996); and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming (1996-2001). Additionally, Price is the author of more than three dozen journal articles on western American history and art, has written several books and served as a consultant for several television series on the History and Discovery Channels. Price is currently editing the Charles M. Russell catalog raisonnĂŠ. A 1970 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Price earned a Master of Art in Museum Science at Texas Tech University in 1977.
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BIOGRAPHY R. TOM GILLEON
Tom Gilleon created the artistic vision for the entrance to the Cattle Raisers Museum. The Trail Mural, a large curving mural of the Goodnight Loving Trail, illustrates a transitioning scene from a thunderstorm to a hot prairie day. Gilleon is known for paintings of Native teepees, landscapes and portraits of American Indians and cultural symbols. Gilleon’s works are illustrative in their narrative quality, and poignant in their iconography. His interpretations of the American West are displayed in prominent museums and are the subject of highly anticipated public showings. Gilleon’s path to Western art was roundabout. During the early 1960s, he joined the Navy and afterwards served as an illustrator for NASA’s Apollo space program. Eventually, he went solo as a freelance illustrator and was hired by The Walt Disney Corporation to deliver conceptual sketches and designs for its Disney World theme park. Later, he joined a team of illustrators to work at Disney’s Imagineering studio and was placed in charge of designing Epcot Center. He went on to assist the company with its planning of Disneyland Tokyo, Disneyland Hong Kong and Disneyland Paris.
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CSI: THE EXPERIENCE
CSI: The Experience, an interactive forensic science exhibit related to the hit television series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, runs through May 2, 2010 in the Special Exhibitions Gallery of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
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Visitors to CSI: The Experience, an interactive forensic science exhibit, investigate forensic clues at a crime scene. The interactive exhibition runs through May 2, 2010 in the Special Exhibitions Gallery of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
When the newly constructed Fort Worth Museum of Science and History opens to the public, Nov. 20, 2009, it will open CSI: The Experience, recipient of the Themed Entertainment Associationâ€™s (THEA) Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2008. The immersive, interactive forensic science exhibit related to the hit television series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, will be on display in the Special Exhibitions Gallery on the second floor of the new building through May 2, 2010. CSI: The Experience was developed by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative (SMEC) with: experts at the top of their field, Crime Lab Director for Tarrant County Medical Examiners Office Ron Singer and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Forensic and Investigative Genetics and Co-Director of the University of North Texas (UNT) Center for Human Identification at the UNT Health Science Center Dr. Arthur Eisenberg; support from CBS Consumer Products; Bob Weis Design Island, the cast and crew of the television show, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences; Rice Universityâ€™s Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning, and the National
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“This project is a great example of how the two worlds of entertainment and educational learning can come together to benefit the public.”
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CSI: THE EXPERIENCE
Science Foundation, which provided $2.4 million in funding for both the exhibit and Web experience. The traveling museum exhibit and interactive Web experience, recipient of the Interactive Media Award (IMA) for Outstanding Achievement Award, invites people to use real science to solve hypothetical crimes in an exciting multi-media environment by providing three “crime” scenes where they identify and record evidence. “This project is a great example of how the two worlds of entertainment and educational learning can come together to benefit the public,” said Fort Worth Museum of Science and History President Van A. Romans. “When you consider CSI’s popularity, coupled with our Museum’s ability to produce extraordinary learning exhibits and the work of some very important partners, it makes for a powerful exhibit experience.” Randi Korn and Associates, in its research to evaluate the knowledge visitors to the exhibition gain, determined that the average “stay time” at this exhibit is 44 minutes, compared to a national average of about 13 minutes for similarly sized exhibitions. The experience gives a full view of the forensic science process by taking guests inside “laboratories” for scientific testing, “autopsy” rooms for pathology analysis and to the “office” to build their case based on the scientific evidence. The exhibition brings to life scientific principles and techniques used by crime scene investigators and forensic scientists today. From DNA and firearms analysis to forensic anthropology and toxicology, visitors learn through hands-on science with dazzling special effects directly from the CSI television series. Cast members from the television show welcome guests into the exhibit from a large video monitor, lead them through the experience, and praise them for a job well done at the end. The exhibit is geared toward adults and youth ages 12 and older. In recognition of his generous contribution toward the Museum’s campaign to construct the new building, brushed aluminum lettering near the entrance will designate this space as the Gary Havener Gallery. Creating CSI: The Experience was not the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s first venture into the world of forensic science. The Museum also developed the exhibit, Whodunit? The Science of Solving Crime, 13 years ago for SMEC, which toured 32 science centers. “As advances in DNA science and information technology dramatically changed the field of forensic science, the Museum thought it was time for a new exhibit on the topic,” said Executive Vice President, Programs Charlie Walter. “We’re excited about our partnership with CBS and the CSI television show, which helps us reach and engage a much larger audience in this field of science.”
“Let’s Take The Streetcar: Journeying Through Fort Worth’s Past” When the newly constructed Fort Worth Museum of Science and History (FWMSH) opens to the public Friday Nov. 20, 2009, it will feature a new permanent gallery in support of the Museum’s commitment to history. This 3,000 square-foot Fort Worth History Gallery will feature a changing stream of stories about the region. “One of our goals for expanding the physical Museum was to enhance the historical aspect of the exhibitions we offer and the stories we tell,” said Museum of Science and History President Van A. Romans. “This new gallery gives us the opportunity to create and present large, multi-layered exhibitions that tell the many stories of this region’s colorful history.” In recognition of the family’s generous contribution toward the Museum’s campaign to construct its new building, brushed aluminum lettering on the entrance to the gallery will designate the space as the Ed and Vicki Bass Fort Worth History Gallery. The Museum’s opening exhibition, Let’s Take the Streetcar: Journeying Through Fort Worth’s Past, follows the rise and decline of city and interurban rail travel in Fort Worth from the mid-1870s to the mid-1930s. By focusing on the development of five areas — Spring Palace; North Side Rosen Heights; Lake Como and Camp Bowie; the TCU Area; and Stop Six/Handley, Lake Erie and the Interurban. The exhibition reveals how rail travel greatly influenced the settlement and development of the city. Museum guests are encouraged to board an exquisite replica of a late-19thcentury street car and travel throughout Victorian Fort Worth. “Designed and constructed by Museum exhibits staff, the street car moves and rumbles as it takes guests to popular Fort Worth landmarks,” said Museum Curator of History Dr. Gene Allen Smith. “It’s as if families are on a Sunday afternoon outing, exploring the sights and sounds of Fort Worth during an early heyday.” Stops within Let’s Take the Streetcar: Journeying Through Fort Worth’s Past, include:
“One of our goals for expanding the physical Museum was to enhance the historical aspect of the exhibitions we offer and the stories we tell.”
KARPORAMA – TEXAS SPRING PALACE
Visitors could take the South Main mule-drawn street car to the end of the line, near the Texas and Pacific Railway, and walk a short distance to the Texas Spring Palace. Modeled after the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Corn Palace of Mitchell, South Dakota, and Ice Palace of St. Paul, Minnesota, the Spring Palace was conceived as a regional agricultural fair. It advertised Texas by displaying all the natural products of the state in an educational, cultural, and entertainment exhibit designed to attract settlers and investors.
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COURTESY FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY (2)
FORT WORTH HISTORY
NEW EXHIBIT ENHANCES HISTORY
PLEASURE-SEEKERS ASSEMBLE HERE EVERY EVENING — LAKE COMO
Lake Como was built in 1889 on the west side of town by promoter H.B. Chamberlain to cool power generating equipment. The 40-acre artificial lake provided water for the resort and cooled the generators that powered the Inn and a street car line that ran the three and half miles from downtown to the hotel.
LAKE ERIE TONIGHT — THE LAKE ERIE AMUSEMENT AREA
The 30-acre Lake Erie, with its pavilion, was one of the most elaborate theaters and amusement areas in North Texas. The two-story pavilion that jutted over the lake had indoor vaudeville acts, concerts, movies, dances, and a roller skating rink.
BUY A LOT IN GOD’S COUNTRY – NORTH SIDE, ROSEN HEIGHTS, AND WHITE CITY
Cattle have always been important to the city of Fort Worth, but by the early twentieth century, meat packing plants and stockyards emerged as a major presence on Fort Worth’s north side. Workers rode the street car down North Main Street on a line that crossed the Trinity River and ended at the steps to the Armour and Swift plants. A young Jewish immigrant named Sam Rosen from Kovarsk, Russia, saw the possibilities the meat packing plants brought to the area. In 1901 he purchased land west of North Main Street at present-day Twenty-Fifth Street. He divided it into home lots to sell, naming the subdivision Rosen Heights.
FREE LAND, FREE UTILITIES, AND A STREET CAR – CAMP BOWIE
Named for Alamo defender Jim Bowie, the camp occupied 2,186 acres in the Arlington Heights and Monticello neighborhoods of west Fort Worth. Geographically most of the camp encompassed an area between the current University Drive to the east, Horne Street to the west, the current Camp Bowie Boulevard to the north, and Vickery Boulevard to the south
Black Boot Snuffbox, common to visitors of North Side, created from bakelite and silver, the boot top lid opens with a push button on the side (c.1900).
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CHURCH, COMMUNITY, AND EDUCATION – STOP SIX Stop Six is located between the communities of Polytechnic and Handley. The historically African American community, one of the oldest in Tarrant County, stretched between Rosedale and Berry Streets and from Edgewood Terrace to Stalcup Road. Village Creek separated Stop Six from the mostly anglo area of Polytechnic Heights.
HORNED FROG CRAZY! – TCU
Texas Christian University, founded in the city in 1869 by brothers Addison and Randolph Clark, returned to Fort Worth in May 1910 after a fire gutted its administration building on the Waco campus. The school’s trustees chose to return to Fort Worth because the city’s civic leaders had made a genuine and generous offer to the university. TCU would receive 50 acres of land, $200,000 in cash, guaranteed utility hookups, and street car services for the campus.
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Pallaci Firenze Powder Compact, created from silver, the object was familiar to visitors of Stop Six. (1920-1930)
NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN COLLECTION
Through Cooperative Sharing Program with Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will exhibit artifacts from the Gordon W. Smith North American Indian Collection through a cooperative sharing program with the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The Houston Museum recently acquired the Collection with support from the Lillie and Roy Cullen Endowment Fund. The Fort Worth Museum will open a special exhibition “It has been of the featuring highlights from the Smith utmost importance to Collection when its new building my father and our family opens in late November 2009. “The Museum of Science and to have a significant History is honored that Gordon ongoing presence for his has chosen to share his unique of Native American collection in Fort Worth, collection artifacts with us,” said Museum President Van A. Romans. “He is where he was born and friend of the Museum and has lived his entire life.” awasgood an active member of our Board of Trustees during two consecutive terms. We are quite pleased to have this important partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science that adds a vital historic component to our role as a significant Science and History museum,” Romans added. This nationally-significant collection of more than 600 objects comprises a wide range of artifacts of the material culture of all the major North American Indian groups, including dozens of examples of beautifully hand-crafted American Indian necklaces and stunning examples of American Indian clothing. Items range from beaded dresses and vests, to beaded moccasins from the far corners of the country, weapons, musical instruments, and important examples of basketry and pottery of the Southwest. “It has been of the utmost importance to my father and our family to have a significant ongoing presence for his collection in Fort Worth, where he was born and has lived his entire life,” said Dee Smith. “We are extremely gratified that we can continue our long family relationship with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History through the collection sharing arrangement — and that the citizens of two great Texas cities will be able to experience the collection on a continuing basis.” Gordon Smith began his collection of beautiful and fascinating American Indian artifacts in the 1920s. He had a unique relationship with several American Indian tribes. These friendships drove his collection, as each visit brought more gifts and a sense that these amazing relics should be preserved. Artifacts include a leather rattler given to Smith at the age of five — the very first piece he acquired; striking, painted story bison skins of the Sioux; exquisite War Bonnets, created by members of the Lakota and Northern Cheyenne Indian nations.
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COURTESY HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (2)
GORDON W. SMITH
OSAGE FRIENDSHIP BLANKET Wool Fabric, silk ribbon, thread, late 19th century
LONE DOGâ€™S WINTER COUNT
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Tanned hide, paint Ca. 1880, South Dakota
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BIG DOME EXPERIENCE Omni IMAX® Theater Remains Major Component
he Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s (FWMSH) Omni Theater, an IMAX® Dome, is a major component of the Museum’s new campus. When the newly constructed Museum opens to the public Friday Nov. 20, 2009, the theater will feature new films and a WWI aviation artifacts display. Guests can access the Omni Theater from the main portion of the Museum through the “Omni Link.” The Omni Link is a 3,300-square-foot connecting structure located between the Omni Theater and the main Museum facility. The theater closed for less than a year beginning in September 2007 for renovation, reopening in July 2008, as crews completed the connecting structure designed by the internationally renowned architectural firm Legorreta + Legorreta, of Mexico City. The link and the adjacent theater lobby space gave guests a first look at the new facility’s bold architecture and design elements: the theater’s exterior brick façade, stained to match the new building; open spaces illuminated by banks of square windows; and bright paint, carpet and tile colors signature to the Legorreta style. The Link features new guest amenities, including a concession area in the theater lobby named “Reel Refreshments” and a suite of museum staff offices. The Link also includes a collection showcase and a free standing display case that will highlight the rich aviation history of Fort Worth through an exhibition of WWI aviation artifacts from the Royal Canadian Air Corps.
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“The Canadian Air Corps trained American soldiers from November 1917 to April 1918 at three Fort Worth-based airfields, Taliaferro 1 (Hicks), Taliaferro 2 (Benbrook) and Taliaffero 3 (Everman),” said Museum of Science and History Curator of History Dr. Gene Allen Smith. “This is a very visible way for us to reintroduce to the public, a period of history that often gets overlooked in the history of aviation.” In addition to the new construction and redesigned lobby area, the dramatic theater transformation continues with high-tech improvements beneath the theater’s 80-foot IMAX® dome. Between film showings, a new lighting system projects a sea of colors and themes on the screen surrounding the theater’s nearly 400 seats, and lights the area behind the dome to give guests an impressive view of the theater’s new sound system during pre-shows. That sound system — converted in 2008 from analog to digital — is likely the most dramatic of the technological improvements that will affect the guest experience. Considered to be the “flagship” of IMAX® sound, the system includes 50 new speakers and has been retuned and optimized for the geometry of the theater using professional IMAX® audio tuning software. The retuning ensures that every seat in the house receives the same level of sound quality from a system that has increased power, fidelity, crispness and clarity. With the Grand Opening of the Museum, the Omni Theater will continue to play The Alps, and will feature a new film, Animalopolis. Tickets can be purchased online at www.fortworthmuseum.org, by phone at 817-255-9540, or at the Omni Theater ticket office during operating hours. Ticket prices are $7 for Adults and $6 for children (3-12) and seniors (60+). Membership rates vary depending on level of purchase.
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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Announces New Brand D J Stout, of Pentragram, has created a fresh brand identity for the newly constructed Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. The identity gets its inspiration from Mexican architect Legorreta + Legorreta’s reccurring use of the square as a design motif and the application of rich, bright colors in the design of the new building. Stout and his team in Austin developed a logo consisting of three squares representing the letters F, W, and M (Fort Worth Museum). These symbolic “building blocks of knowledge” are a metaphor for the Museum’s early roots as a children’s museum and its commitment to families and learning. “This place is different from the other museums in the Cultural District,” says Stout. “It’s fun, fun, fun. I wanted the identity to reflect its playful, childlike sense of discovery.”
“It’s fun, fun, fun. I wanted the identity to reflect its playful, childlike sense of discovery.”
1 COLOR LOGO
2 BLACK & WHITE LOGO
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1501 MONTGOMERY STREET, FORT WORTH, TEXAS 76107 P 817.255.9300 T 888.255.9300 F 817.732.7635 WWW.FWMUSEUM.ORG
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Mr. and Mrs. Andy Hedges Beverlee and Dr. James Herd Jenny A. and Michael Herman Shawn and Lori Hessing Mary Lu Highnote Hill Trusts Drs. Kip and Jennifer Hinkle Dr. and Mrs. Long T. Hoang Cathleen & Tony Hodnett Mrs. Alberta D. Hogg Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Howard Stan and Nancy Kay Howard Susan and Thomas Howard Mr. and Mrs. James D. Hubbard, Jr. Gina and JB Huck Dr. Chris and Karen Hull Larry O. Hulsey & Co. Isabelle and Sam Hulsey Mr. and Mrs. Eugene A. Humphries Mr. and Mrs. C. Brodie Hyde III Mr. and Mrs. Elton M. Hyder III Mrs. Martha R. Hyder Mr. and Mrs. Calvin M. Jackson III Jackson Family Foundation Drs. Louis and Bonnie Jacobs Sarah and John Jeffers Dr. and Mrs. J. Daniel Johnson Mr. and Mrs. Matthew L. Johnson Sheila B. Johnson Dr. and Mrs. Steven E. Johnson Rodney and Gale Johnston Richard and Denise Jones Kappa Alpha Theta Fort Worth Foundation, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Tom A. Karsten Dr. and Mrs. Robert Kaufmann Mary Ann and Byron Keil Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Kelly Charles and Libits Kendall Sherry and Roby Key The Don C. King Family Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Kleuser Kathy and Frank Kyle Alan and Kendal Lake Dr. and Mrs. Tom Leavens Ms. Glenn Hill Lattimore Mrs. Elizabeth H. Ledyard Leonard Enterprises, Inc. Amanda and Andrew Lewis Dr. and Mrs. Frank R. Lonergan Ron and Brandi Lott Mr. and Mrs. Tim H. Love Ms. Mary Ralph Lowe Stephen and Michelle Maberry Ellen and Theodore Mack Maner Fire Equipment, Inc. Dr. and Mrs. Scott G. Marlow Mr. and Mrs. Gary C. Martin Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Martin Mr. and Mrs. John W. Mason Dr. and Mrs. G. Sealy Massingill Judy and Ted Mayo Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Mays Mr. and Mrs. Ben R. McBroom Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. McCraw Kevin Connelly and Cheryl McDonald Dr. and Mrs. Stuart D. McDonald Mr. Scott McDonald Jane and Kevin McGarry Bruce R. McKee Major General Chet and Sally Werst McKeen Mr. and Mrs. Timothy W. McKinney
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Jay and Toni Meadows Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Meehan Dr. Brad and Marisa Mercer Mr. and Mrs. John Meyer Thomas and Genifer Michel Elaine H. Michero Mr. and Mrs. William S. Michero/Mr. and Mrs. Stephen P. Christie Mr. and Mrs. Matt H. Mildren The Million Family Patsy and Lary Milrany Bill and Betty Mitchell George P. Mitchell Tom and Stacy Mitchell Gloria Moncrief Mr. and Mrs. R. Wesley Moncrief Mr. and Mrs. Tom O. Moncrief Ms. Ygracio Franco and Mr. Todd Moore Whitney H. More Nesha and George Morey Pat and Laura Moynihan Linda Todd Murphy Mr. and Mrs. Fulton Murray The Philip Murrin Family Mr. Stephen Murrin III Brad and Araceli Nance Judy G. Needham Mr. and Mrs. Craig Nicholson Kathy and Lee Nicol JJ and Bobby Norris Bettye and Wade Nowlin Mr. and Mrs. Neftali Ortiz Marc and Becky Ozaeta Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Palmer Katie Pritchett Parkey and Rob Parkey Ms. Martha Parks Mr. Charles P. Pate Paige and Graham Pate Mr. and Mrs. Sebert L. Pate Ms. Ann Patrick Gary and Kelsey Patterson Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Paul Mr. and Mrs. Ted Paup Mrs. Olive B. Pelich and Mrs. Johnnie Day Beaton JCPenny Mr. and Mrs. George W. Pepper Mr. and Mrs. Evan D. Peterson Pier 1 Imports Don and Nancy Plattsmier Dr. Paul and Kathryn Pompa Alice Pelton Posey and Wayne Posey Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Prescott, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Pritchett Clare Pritchett Mr. and Mrs. James Ramsey Tracy Rector Greg and Wendy Reese Reilly Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Doug W. Renfro Dr. Ray N. Rhodes, Jr. Virginia and John G. Richards Mrs. Robert C. Richardson RigData Katie and Alston Roberts Lori and Tom Roberts Jamie, Stella, Doug and Paul Robertson Mrs. Francis Ann Rodgers Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Roels, Sr. The Rogenski Family John and Rose Romanko Chris and Diana Rotan
Terry D. Wilkinson Doyle and Janis Williams Carol & Stan Williams Mr. and Mrs. Doyle H. Willis, Jr. Jon and Teresa Willis Wilson Exploration Company Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Wilson Mr. and Mrs. John H. Wilson II Ron and June Wilson Susan & Weir Wilson Don Wirtanen and Gail Wirtanen Woodard Building Supply Co., Inc. Susan and Bobby Wroten Mr. and Mrs. Tadashi Yamagata
Rebecca Adamietz Mr. and Mrs. J. Turner Almond Steve, Suellen, and Lauren Anderson Anonymous (7) Debby and Bill Arnold Glenn W. Askew III Family Austin McGregor Co. Mr. and Mrs. William C. Bahan Mr. and Mrs. Barclay E. Berdan Kathy Blackmon Sissy and Mitch Boll Mr. and Mrs. Tom W. Brown Mr. and Mrs. Roy Browning, Jr. Ms. Jamie Burton Mr. and Mrs. Quintin W. Cassady Van Cliburn Jan and Bill Clinkscale Ms. Gabriela J. Corretjer and Dr. Angel Hernandez Alice and Bill Cranz Mr. and Mrs. William P. Cranz Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Crates Paula C. Croxton Dr. and Mrs. Tom Deas, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Kevin D. Diamond Deborah and Jim Diffily Diversified Components Karen Genovese Dozier Ms. Caroline M. Dulle Mr. and Mrs. Keith Dunavant Jan E. Fersing Jack C. Fikes Lynn and Mike Fisher Patty and Elliot Garsek Preston and Colleen Geren Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Guerra Mr. and Mrs. F.S. Gunn Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Hancock Mr. and Mrs. Patrick K. Hare Lindy Harisis Mr. and Mrs. Ralph C. Hart Anne Herndon Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Herndon Mr. and Mrs. Clayton R. Hook Gina and J.B. Huck Jacobs Exploration, Ltd., Charles & Marcia Jacobs Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Karpman Mary Ann and Byron Keil Lane Anne and John Paul Kimzey Kincaids Hamburgers Mrs. Ann Kinscherff Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. Kologe Dr. Stan and Marcia Kurtz Karen and John Lanigan Mr. and Mrs. Scott F. Langlinais Bruce and Lisa Lowry
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CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DONORS
Bill and Kelley Royer Mr. Charles W. Royer III and Adelaide Moncrief Royer & Schutts Commercial Interiors Lee Rogers and Yvonne Rubenstein Mr. and Mrs. Jason Rynd Mrs. Hardy Sanders Rand Sanders and West Sanders Michelle and Scott Sankary Dr. and Mrs. Allen Schuster Seger Family Cathy and Hal Sewell Jack and Scottie Sewell Tom Seymour Mr. Roy Shafer Katie Shide, M.D. and Brendan Hayes, M.D. Mr. J.S. Shook Michael and Barbara Shropshire Mr. and Mrs. Gary M. Silman Helen L. Sims Benjamin and Beth Siu SkiHi Enterprises, Ltd. The Smart Family Dr. Tracy A. Hanna and Dr. Brian C. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Dick Smith Smith Drywall I, LTD. Mr. and Mrs. Patrick F. Spears Dee and Linda Steer Dr. G. Robert Stephenson and Mrs. Azilee L. Stephenson Mrs. John R. Stevenson Scott and Myra Stoll Strings Dr. Robert Stroud David and Cindy Stueckler Tom and Deborah Sturdivant Neel and Amar Tanna Mr. and Mrs. Eric Taschner Dr. and Mrs. Larry Tatum Mairin and Kevin Terry Mike and Patsy Thomas Patsy and Randy Thompson Joe and Ginny Tigue Buddy and Sandy Townsend Ann Treleven Ms. Shelia Trice and Mr. Dave Gillespie Cindy and LC Tubb Dr. and Mrs. William E. Tucker Dr. and Mrs. James N. Tulloh Sandra and Troy Tuomey Anna Laura, Kenneth, Anna Caroline and Estella Turner Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Tran University of North Texas Health Science Center Patsy and Arch W. Van Meter Chandra and Raj Venkatappan Mrs. Senorita G. Walden Gary, Janice, Jack and Elizabeth Walsh Mr. Charlie and Dr. Diane Walter Theodis “T” and Wyntress B. Ware Colonel and Mrs. Robert C. Watson Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Watt, Jr. Dr. David and Melissa Watts M.D. Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Webster Arthur and Elizabeth Weinman Eran and Britt West WGG Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Joe H. White, Sr. Whistle and Brook Whitworth Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Widmer Jim and Toni Wietholter Beryl W. Wilkinson
Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Markwardt Olivia Gouger Mason Gray & Mary Matlock, Gray, Elizabeth, James and Heather Mr. Austin McGregor Richard M. Miles Mr. and Mrs. Dana J. Miller Johnnie and Jim Miller Eva and Jim Motheral Paxton E. Motheral Carol and Dan Murray Nancy and John Nichols Monta and Paul Noe Virginia and Jim Oâ€™Donnell Sylvia and Don Otto Kate Park Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Parrish Becky and Wayne Pound Maura and Jeff Rattikin Sarah C. Ray Chick Russell Communications Mrs. Deborah Beggs Ryan Joanne O. Sarsgard Kathryn Schutts Mr. and Mrs. Donald W. Scott Mr. Feroz Shalwani Mr. and Mrs. Jack O. Shannon, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Morris L. Sheats II Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Sherman Mr. and Mrs. Gene A. Smith Dr. Lindsay Stadtler and Mr. Kevin Stadtler Mr. and Mrs. Patrick T. Stanford Kim and Mike Steinberg Melissa, Margaret and George Thompson Mr. and Mrs. William J. Voss Mike and Letty Waltrip Jeffrey K. Wentworth Richard W. Wiseman Jamie Burton-Wright and Terry W. Wright
Bob and Donna Abernathy Mr. Richard E. Aguirre Jill and Ryan Ahrens Jeff and Kristin Anderson Anonymous (11) Mr. & Mrs. John Anthony Mr. and Mrs. Jim Austin Una and Joe Bailey Mr. Allen Baird Socorro Barrera Alan & Wendy Barron Mark and Paula Beckerman Mr. and Mrs. George Beggs III Steve and Priscilla Bennett In memory of Pat and Betty Benson Jim and Sandra Bews Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Billingsley Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Bishop Jill and Doug Black Truman D. and Marjorie L. Black Constance Blake Kenneth Blasingame Dr. and Mrs. Scott Bloemendal Mr. and Mrs. James H. Bordelon Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Boswell Madelon L. Bradshaw Mr. and Mrs. Mark L. Brannon, Jr. Dr. and Mrs. Robert W. Brown Lowell and Kathryn Bryan Dr. Roberto and Mrs. Lynnda Caballero
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Greg and Vicki Cantwell David and Clare Capps Dr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Carrington Marshall and Brian Cash Melisa Caston Ms. Ann Cave The Chevaillier Family Sandy Clement Mr. and Mrs. Ronald William Clinkscale Mr. and Mrs. John T. Cockerham Mr. Cooper Reid Collins Aaron and Brenda Cook Nancy M. Cook Mr. and Mrs. Burr Cordray Mr. and Mrs. Van H. Cosby Will A. Courtney Cowboy Towing Lynn Cowden Dennis and Malinda Crumley Jerry and Suzanne Daniel Marcella Daniel Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Daniels Mr. and Mrs. Adam Davidson Dr. and Mrs. James E. Davidson Mr. and Mrs. Sam R. Day Adair Deiterman Mr. and Mrs. Jason D. Dial Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Dickerson Mr. and Mrs. Roger C. Diseker Gary L. Douglas C.J. and Helen Dowling Amy Duncan Barbi and Stanley Eisenman A. Ryan Engelman Bryan and Kim Eppstein David and Sarah Evans Mr. and Mrs. Nathan M. Falk Jeff and Katie Farmer Linda and Jay Fierke Mrs. Sharon V. Foster Mr. and Mrs. Fred N. Reynolds James and Kathy Friedman Dr. and Mrs. Edward Furber Miki and Dennis Gabbard Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Gafford Raj and Swati Gandhi Scott Gentling Stuart Gentling Dr. and Mrs. Phil Giles Mr. and Mrs. Diego Giordano Ms. Sandra Gould Mr. Warren H. Gould Mr. and Mrs. John A. Grant Mr. Peter Graves Frank Pierce Greenhaw IV Andree and Gary Griffin Michael and Elaine Griver Mrs. Erma Johnson Hadley Ms. Gayle Hall John and Sharon Hamilton Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Harman Bill and Reba Harvey Melvin, Laura, Thomas, Madelyn Haas Gynna and William R. Harlin Mr. and Mrs. Viktor Heinz Monroe and Sharon Henderson Mr. and Mrs. Wm R. Hill Cynthia & Grant Hodgkins Baleria Hopkins Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Jacobs Jenny Dennis and D.J. Jancosek
Andrew and Jenny Rosell Drs. Emily Isaacs and Donald Rosen Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Rubin Mr. Sherwin B. Rubin Ruth Ann and Jerry Rugg Dr. and Mrs. Richard C. Schaffer Jay and Venita Scheideman Avery, Elliot and Wyatt Schwausch Corina R. Schwintz Dr. William B. Scroggie Carolyn and Victor Sedinger Mike Strange and Christina Shahan Mr. and Mrs. Scott Sherman Peggy and Bill Sims Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Skipper The Slezak Family Bernadette Snell The Sunflower Shoppe Wanda and David Stovall Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Streitfeld Robert, Cynthia, Alex, Sam Sturns Ronald J. and Joan L. Suter Nancy Swartz Dean and Mary Katherine Tetirick Mr. and Mrs. Keith Thode Mr. and Mrs. David Townsend The Troutman Family Mr. and Mrs. Scott W. Turner Laurie and Todd Turner Dr. Avinash Vallurupalli and Mrs. Malathi Ravi Mrs. Melinda Vance Martha Vargas Deanna and Phillip Walker Catherine and Holland Walsh Renee and Michael Walter Dr. and Mrs. Robert K. Watson Jim and Elizabeth Webb Mr. and Mrs. Ted S. Webb, Jr. Valerie A. Webber Dr. and Mrs. Bruce H. Weiner Mr. and Mrs. William P. Weir Elisa E. Werner Tom and Sue Wernet Reed and Brandi West Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Westerfield Steve and Jenny Westerman A.B. Wharton Mr. and Mrs. J. Ralph White Wade Wiley III Mr. and Mrs. Glen T. Williams Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Withers Susan Wolcott Robert Wright and Linda Krouse-Wright Mr. and Mrs. William Reagan Wynn Dr. and Mrs. Hector O. Yanes Patsy C. and B.J. Zimmerman
This list reflects gifts received as of October 8, 2009 CFNT, gifts made through the Community Foundation of North Texas
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CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DONORS
Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Jensen Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Jensen Eric and Jennifer Johnson Linda and Glen Johnson Louis and Mary Ruth Jones Asagar Kapasi Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Kapsos Allen and Suzanne Kent Mr. and Mrs. John R. Kent Cathy and Jim Kerrigan Dr. Cheryl Kimberling and David Branch Mr. and Mrs. Jay Kizer Dr. Shannon Baker and Mr. Brad Klemesrud Robert and Beverly Koch Teri Kramer Mr. and Mrs. Jim D. Kunke Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Laker Mr. and Mrs. Hal A. Lambert Janeen and Bill Lamkin Nancy and Jack Larson Sue and Jim Lavender Pam and Bill Lawrence Carol Lea, Realtor & Appraiser Dr. and Mrs. Jason Ledbetter Mr. and Mrs. Joe T. Lenamon Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Leonard Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lippert David and Ellen Long and Family Dr. Robert and Priscilla Lovett Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lydick Scott and Annette Mahan James L. Marshall John Michael McBride Dr. and Mrs. Jack McCallum Dr. Charles and Carol McCluer III Mr. and Mrs. Tim McElroy Mr. and Mrs. Roger E. McInnis Mike and Joan McKee Mr. and Mrs. Urbin C. McKeever Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. McNamara Mrs. Margaret Meihaus Cheryl and Pat Mente Patricia J. Oâ€™Neal and Jesse Miles Mary Beth & John Millett Karen and Chuck Milling Yvonne Munn Dr. and Mrs. Matthew M. Murray National Service Research Mr. and Mrs. Pete M. Oâ€™Brien Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Ourada Dr. and Mrs. Aaron D. Pan Sue and Bill Parrish Carole and Tom Petty Dr. and Mrs. Stuart C. Pickell Dr. Creighton A. Pickett Debbie and Keith Pittman Susan Pratt Ms. Victoria Prescott and Mr. Richard Henderson Mr. and Mrs. S. Trent Prim, Virginia and Sam Cynthia and Scott Prince Dr. and Mrs. William L. Purifoy Rall Family Living Trust Mr. and Mrs. Nowlin G. Randolph Ms. Sandra Reed Mr. and Mrs. Barry C. Richardson Mr. and Mrs. Juergen Richter Amber and Troy Robertson Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Robinson Drs. Daniel and Denise Rodehaver Dr. and Mrs. John T. Rogers, Jr. Brooke and Mark Rollins
VAN A. ROMANS
Van A. Romans, M.F.A., has spearheaded the Museum of Science and History’s dramatic transformation into a new 166,000 square-foot facility, which opens Nov. 20, 2009. Before his recruitment in 2004 as museum president, Romans had a 25-year tenure at the Walt Disney Company — including Walt Disney Imagineering — during which he created galleries and cultural exhibitions around the world. For more than 30 years, he was a professor of Design and Museum Studies at Orange Coast College. Romans has served as key advisor to numerous prestigious museums, and has been a featured speaker at numerous museum and industry conferences over the years, addressing topics related to the integration of the entertainment industry, education, and the museum world.
Senior Vice President of Education Kit Goolsby has 31 years of experience working in education with the Museum of Science and History, as a teacher and an administrator in Museum School and programs. Most recently, Goolsby served as project leader for the development of the new Fort Worth Children’s Museum gallery and the state-ofthe-art Museum School classrooms. Goolsby serves as a museum liaison for children and their families, educational partnerships, and community-based organizations.
CARL G. HAMM
CFRE, Senior Vice President of Development and Marketing Carl Hamm has more than 20 years experience in the non profit sector in marketing, fund raising and executive positions, working with organizations representing practically every discipline of the arts, from public radio and chamber music to theater, ballet and the visual arts. Before joining the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in 2005, he directed annual programs for the Dallas Museum of Art and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, first receiving Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation through the Association for Fund Raising Professionals in 1998. Over the course of his career, he has overseen fund-raising programs which
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have raised more than $100 million in philanthropic support. Hamm has served on numerous community boards and professional committees, and has spoken at numerous national conferences on fund raising and marketing, including the Direct Marketing Associationâ€™s Non Profit Day in New York, the national conference for PBS affiliate stations, and recent conferences for the American Association of Museums in Portland, Indianapolis, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia. He currently serves as Chair of the Standing Professional Committee on Development and Membership (DAM) for the American Association of Museums.
Executive Vice President for Innovation Colleen Blair joined the Museum of Science and History in 1977 as an early childhood educator. In her capacity as a museum educator and director of school services, she developed numerous programs for Museum School and developed a full range of programs supporting K-16 schools and universities. Initiatives include Hands On Science Learning Lab, Family Science Nights, Texas Center for Inquiry, Distance Learning and Discovery Labs on Wheels. In 2005 Blair was named Vice President for Guest Services where she was responsible for renovations of program and infrastructure for the Omni Theater and revisioning retail and food services operations for the new Museum campus. In April, 2009 she was named Executive Vice President for Innovation.
CPA, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Tom Mitchell manages all financial and legal matters, as well as the human resource and information systems functions for the Museum of Science and History. Hired in 2004, Mitchell was a key player in the development and execution of the Museumâ€™s $45,000,000 incremental draw revenue bonds in support of the current expansion project. He brings 15 years of experience in industry and public practice of accountancy to the Museum, with an emphasis in audits of not-for-profit institutions. Prior to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Mitchell was the Vice President of Finance for Vermeer Equipment of Texas, Inc., an international distributor of heavy equipment with
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locations throughout Texas and Mexico. During his tenure there, Mitchell helped to successfully negotiate a $50,000,000 syndicated line of credit and was instrumental in right-sizing operations following the dot com bust of the late ‘90’s. A graduate of the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University, Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. As a person dedicated to professional growth and development, he is an active member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and Leadership Fort Worth.
CHARLES H. (CHARLIE) WALTER
Executive Vice President for Programs
Charlie Walter has worked with the Museum of Science and History for 23 years. He joined the Museum staff in 1986 as visitor services manager, responsible for operations and training of all front-line staff. In 1991, he was promoted to senior vice president of interpretation and integrated a “systems” strategy for developing and broadening the Museum’s educational programs and partnerships. Walter was interim director of the Museum and COO before taking his current position in 2009. Walter holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Texas A&M University, with an emphasis in museum science, and an Master of Business Administration from the University of North Texas. Walter has served on the board of directors of the Association of Children’s Museums and as chair of the annual conference planning committee for the Association of Science and Technology Centers. In addition he serves in many leadership capacities with the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative, the American Association of Museums, the Youth Museums Exhibit Collaborative, and the Informal Science Education Association of Texas and is a past board member of the Science Teachers Association of Texas. He also serves as a national advisor to the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and has served as Principal Investigator or Senior Personnel on numerous NSF funded initiatives including The Texas Network for Exhibit-Based Teaching and Learning, and CSI, The Experience, An integrated Exhibition and Web-based Learning Initiative in partnership with the CBS and the television show,
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Gretchen Denny has been passionate about the Museum of Science and History for decades. As a Trustee from 1987 to 1995, she was active in diverse areas of the Museum — from Chair of the Board, 1993-995, to volunteering for science projects — extracting dinosaur bones from limestone and pickling frogs for the Museum’s extensive science collections. Denny is currently a liaison for the Museum to numerous community collaborations as well as internally to the Board of Trustees.
AMY M. DUNCAN
Vice President of Operations
Amy Duncan has more than 20 years of guest service and operational experience in both the non profit and for profit sectors. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Duncan served the Museum of Sciene and History from 1995 to 2000 as Director of Guest Services. Previous operational and management experience includes tenures with Six Flags Over Texas and the Fort Worth Zoo. Prior to returning to the Museum in 2006, Duncan garnered new building project experience as Museum Administrator for the Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas during the museum’s transition into a new facility in 2001. She gained additional operational, sales and guest service experience while working at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie as Director of Admission and Sales, where she led the Lone Star Park operations/admissions teams during the track’s hosting of the 2005 Breeders’ Cup, an event that culminated in a one-day attendance of more than 55,000 visitors.
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Vice President of Community Relations
PILLARS OF LEARNING The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has been a magical place for imagination, innovation and first-hand learning for students of all ages since 1941, when it was founded by a group of school teachers who had a vision to create a special place where children could learn more about the natural world and their place in it. Still supporting our founders’ big idea, creating extraordinary learning environments has remained central to the organization’s purpose for almost 70 years. Today, the overarching philosophy guiding the Museum’s vision can be characterized through four Pillars of Learning which support the Museum’s unique covenant with its constituents. These include our commitment to the following principles: (1) Advancing Early Childhood Learning, (2) Improving Learning Programs in our Schools, (3) Engaging Families in Learning Activities Together, and (4) Encouraging Lifelong Learning In addition, it is the Museum’s permanent collection of scientific items and historical artifacts that provides the strong foundational resource upon which all of the Museum’s educational programs are built. The following narrative illustrates the Museum’s commitment to each of these Pillars and the programs which correspond to each ideal.
(1) EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING MUSEUM SCHOOL For almost 60 years, Museum School® has served as the bedrock of our museum’s work in early childhood learning. In fact, since its founding in 1949, more than 200,000 children have participated in this one-of-a-kind program, which has since become a national model for informal science education. The curriculum combines natural and physical sciences, history, and anthropology with art, music and literature. The goal of Museum School is to provide age-appropriate learning experiences that enrich children’s lives. Museum School is a tuition-based enrichment program for pre-school, elementary and middle-school aged children. Beginning at age 3, children are eligible to begin attending a two-hour, one-day-per-week class during the school year and/or participate in daily classes during week-long periods during the summer. The classes during the school year span a wide range of workshops such as those listed above, while the weeklong summer programs focus on a specific theme, such as ‘On the Farm,’ or ‘Up in Space. Saturday programs for children in kindergarten or elementary school include programs such as ‘Gingerbread Architects,’ where children work with the scientific principles of structure to build and decorate a gingerbread house, ‘Charged Up,’ where the class focuses on magnets, static electricity, metals, induction, atoms and positive and negative charges, or ‘Science Symphony, through which children experiment with sound by making homemade musical instruments and learning about pitch, frequency, vibrations and more. One of the elements that has made Museum School so effective – and genuinely loved by every child who has participated over the past 60 years – is the way in which the Museum’s collections and programs are integrated into the curriculum. For example, three and four year-olds have held moon rocks and meteorites, touched an actual astronaut suit, then experienced an out-of-this-world program in the Noble Planetarium during the ‘Up in Space’ week-long summer class. The children also learn by observing, touching, and holding real, live animals which the Museum keeps exclusively for these experiences, such as baby chicks, rabbits, a raccoon, guinea pigs, barn owls, and more, for programs such as ‘Out on the Farm.’
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There is no better way to learn the principles of child development and developmentally appropriate practice than to be in a classroom where it is so competently demonstrated. To that end, beyond the classroom experience for children, Museum School has also provided an important field learning experience for generations of future schoolteachers for more than 10 years through an ongoing relationship with Texas Christian University’s college of education. Through this program, students studying early childhood education have participated in Museum School classrooms each semester, having the opportunity to prepare a formal report for course credit.
(2) IMPROVING SCHOOL-BASED LEARNING As a leader in the field of informal learning, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is committed to improving learning opportunities for children in our schools by working with school districts to provide enhancement programs which supplement the schools’ formal curricula, appropriately drawing upon our organizational strengths and resources made possible through our permanent collection. Over the years, the Museum has taken a systematic approach in developing its programs designed to support schools’ work, collaborating closely with partners in formal education to align all of the Museum’s school-based activities to important state standards. These efforts can be categorized into two areas, including programs through which Museum staff interacts directly with students in classrooms (either in person or via technology), and our ongoing work with educators to help them improve their effectiveness in the classroom.
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DIRECT INTERACTION WITH STUDENTS DISCOVERY LABS ON WHEELS The primary program through which the Museum physically interacts with students out in the community is our Discovery Labs on Wheels program. Through these engaging sessions – which directly support elementary TEKS and TAKS objectives – the Museum’s high-energy team of science educators takes the excitement of learning directly into classrooms. We provide support materials for the classroom visit as well as pre- and postvisit activities, connections to other subject areas, and a family science activity each child can take home. A good example of a program offered through the Discovery Labs program might be ‘States of Matter: Matter Explorations,’ through which students use super-cold nitrogen, household items and hands-on exploration to learn how and why things change from solid to liquid to gas. Through experiences such as those offered through Discovery Labs on Wheels, students broaden their conceptual understanding and develop a better sense of the world around them. Educator Loan Kits Program Drawing heavily from our vast collection, the Museum offers an extensive loan kit program for science and social studies through which educators ‘check out’ materials from the Museum to use in enlivening their classrooms. Each of these loan kits are specially prepared to meet TEKS learning objectives. Over the past decade, tens of thousands of children have investigated historical artifacts and scientific specimens, used printed information prepared by the Museum’s educators and curators, viewed videos and read books provided in these social studies and science loan kits – students throughout the region who might not have otherwise had the opportunity to visit the Museum in person. Our science loans are unique in that each kit is customized based on the educator’s request. Drawing from our teaching collection of science-based materials, they tend to focus on natural history, primarily species that are native to Texas and the Southwest. Social studies kits contain artifacts, books, videos, games and activities on topics ranging from Texas pioneers, ancient Egypt, to astronomy.
ONGOING FIELD TRIPS PROGRAMMING THIRD GRADE FIELD TRIPS PROGRAM WITH THE FORT WORTH INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT Overall, more than 150,000 schoolchildren visit the Museum annually on field trips. Each year, Museum staff carefully handpicks educational films for the Omni Theater to deepen the learning effectiveness of students’ visits, tying together the IMAX® experience with exhibits and hands-on activities. In the recent past, we have also offered professional enhancement for educators on the day of their field trip visit. For more than 20 years, every third grade student in the Fort Worth ISD has visited the Museum at least once per school year on an organized class field trip, made possible through an ongoing contract arrangement between the Museum and the school district. Even in today’s era of reduced budgets and standardized testing, this program has remained a priority to the district and has become a popular tradition which has now impacted a generation of young students. Over a three week period each spring, more than 6,800 students from 80 campuses visit the Museum — well over 100,000 FWISD students since 1985.
DISTANCE LEARNING Acknowledging that field trips were not an option for many schools because of transportation costs and time lost from the classroom, the Museum took a grand leap in expanding its definition of extraordinary learning environments in 2004 by implementing what has become one of the nation’s leading museum Distance Learning programs. Today, using cutting-edge video conferencing technology, our museum’s staff and curators interact almost daily with classroom students across the country in real time, holding live, interactive discussions on science and history-related topics. Students in rural areas especially benefit from the high quality learning experiences made available through Distance Learning. In fact, our program was originally
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COMMUNITY STUDIOS AN EXTENSION OF THE MUSEUM’S DESIGNIT STUDIOS PILOT PROGRAM The programs mentioned above in this section illustrate the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s work with students to provide outstanding informal learning experiences in different contexts of their formal school environments. CommunITy Studios represents a much different facet of the Museum’s work to engage and instill a passion for learning among students, implementing a more direct approach. As background, in 2003, the Museum received a major multi-year grant commitment through the National Science Foundation’s ITEST program (Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) to create an innovative youth-based program which was known as DesignIT Studios. Designed to function as a pilot program to test innovative techniques that could be applied more broadly on a national scale, DesignIT Studios was created to change disadvantaged youths’ perceptions that they could realistically strive for adult careers in Information Technology (IT) or occupations in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (often referenced using the acronym STEM). Between 2004 and the program’s culmination in 2007, Museum staff directed a program of activity involving IT professionals, students and staff representing four Boys & Girls Clubs and a local junior high through a curriculum of fun, engaging experiences meaningful both to the youth and their families. Each year, a core group of students in the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades employed innovation and creativity using tools like programmable microcontrollers, digital multimedia and video game animation software in ways that would help them understand a new, basic level of technological fluency. Every junior-high school student growing up today knows that technology is central to our everyday lives. Most of them, of course, regularly use technological devices such as cell phones, computers, IPods®, DVD players or video games. The point of the DesignIT Studios program was to encourage them that someone — possibly someone like them someday — must design how these technologies function, and that aspiring for a career in this field was within the realm of their own possibility. In 2005, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History staff was invited to testify before Congress about the success of the DesignIT Studios program and its role as a national model, and the NSF has widely acknowledged this program as one of the most unique programs of this type created by a museum.
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established when the Texas Department of Agriculture provided funding to the Texas Education Agency’s regional office supporting North Texas who then subgranted our Museum seed funding to purchase the equipment necessary to launch our program. Through the Museum’s sustained, increased commitment to Distance Learning and the addition of trained professional staff dedicated to this effort, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is now a key player among active learning content providers in the state, and our programs are among the most sought-after in the field. During the 2006-07 school year, we booked 67% percent of programs we offered; this year, we are almost ‘soldout’ with a booking rate of 97% to date, even considering a significant increase in the number of programs added this year. Unlike institutions more singular in mission, our Museum is fortunate to have a variety of field experts on staff to conduct these programs, yet we often supplement our staff by bringing in outside experts and local professionals for specialized presentations. Drawing heavily on the breadth and depth of our Museum’s collection, we have offered programs as diverse as ‘Are Frog and Toad Really Friends?,’ ‘Out of the Blue/Meteorites in Your Own Backyard,’ and even ‘Dollars and Sense: Making Wise Choices with Your Money,’ through which students are able to observe and discuss types of money used in different cultures, such as an ancient Mayan coin held in the Museum’s collection. Earlier in 2008, the Museum was presented with a prestigious national Teachers Choice award in the Best Multidisciplinary Museums & Organizations category, alongside the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Building on the success of DesignIT Studios, in January 2008, the Museum received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to create its new CommunITy Studios program. This program is designed to extend many of the basic principles established through the DesignIT program into experiences with a slightly older group of students representing a range between the 7th and 12th grades, through after school and summer programming. Whereas the DesignIT program was geared toward junior-high aged students and planting the idea that a career in science, math or technology could be possible, the CommunITy Studios program expands upon this idea with more of an emphasis on workforce development programs and direct interaction with local high-tech industry professionals. Most of the programming will occur in one of three venues: (1) a residency program in the Fort Worth ISD’s Trimble Tech High School, (2) in Community Festivals in neighborhoods throughout Fort Worth which will often be presented in tandem with the Museum’s Family Science Festivals program, and (3) onside program activity at the Museum. During the academic year, students will participate in a structured program of selfdirected activities that will help them think about the inner workings of technology, understanding digital networking and gain valuable workforce development skills. In the summer, activity will be more geared toward practical work experiences which will include, in some cases, museum internships with Museum School and other public outreach programming.
EWEEK Each February, the Museum of Science and History partners with local science and technology-oriented companies to host an intensive week-long festival, coinciding with similar activity occurring at science centers across North America during the same week. Coordinated by the National Engineers Week Foundation in Washington DC, this popular international program engages students and families in a specially tailored program of hands-on science-based activities designed to spark the students’ interest in pursuing careers in engineering. Dozens of school groups plan their field trip visits to the Museum around this popular annual event each year. A contingent of corporate volunteers collaborate with the Museum to plan and execute the activities for this well attended annual event; notably, a core group of employees representing IBM, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrup Grumman and other companies. This collaborative interaction has led to several of these companies becoming involved in the Museum’s other programming with similar learning goals, such as the CommunITy Studios program.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEXAS CENTER FOR INQUIRY Another of the Museum’s initiatives aimed at improving learning systems in schools is the Texas Center for Inquiry, an innovative professional development program for educators and school administrators which was originally developed in partnership with the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. This program equips classroom practitioners and program administrators to be more effective by teaching them about techniques in hands-on learning and developments in the field of inquirybased learning. Although it was originally established for educators in Texas and this region, this nationally-recognized program now attracts participants from across North America. Since the program’s inception in 2001, the Museum has offered two tracks for participation in the Texas Center for Inquiry program. The first track, which was originally designed for school administrators and professional developers, begins with an ‘Intro to Inquiry’ institute, followed by ‘Building Capacity for Classroom Inquiry.’ The second track, ‘Teaching Science through Inquiry,” was developed primarily for professional developers who also serve as teachers in elementary and middle schools. During the 2007-08 school year, the Museum is introducing a new ‘Teaching Science Through Inquiry’ program that will extend the program to high school-level educators. Designed to facilitate an understanding of inquiry for educators in a variety of science
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OTHER ONGOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS
In addition to the Texas Center for Inquiry institutes, the Museum also offers ongoing professional development workshops and programs for educators throughout the year. For example, teachers can visit the Museum and participate in Saturday morning workshops, learn new skills relevant to material they’re currently preparing, and begin to integrate new learning activities they’ve just learned into their classroom on Monday morning. The Museum’s education staff regularly provides professional development services on site for school districts as a standing function of our School Services program. Both this training, as well as participation in the Texas Center for Inquiry, qualifies for ongoing professional development credits for educators. The Museum is also often contracted to provide ongoing professional development for university-level science educators and program administrators in Texas and throughout the country, notably through its ongoing relationship with the Texas A&M University system. Throughout the year, staff representing the Museum’s Noble Planetarium travel throughout the southwestern United States leading telescope building workshops which incorporate practical materials which can be easily found and purchased, making astronomy interesting and accessible to educators and others who, in turn, are able to build functioning telescopes with their students or families.
(3) ENGAGING FAMILIES IN LEARNING ACTIVITIES FAMILY SCIENCE FESTIVALS An extension of the Museum’s Family Science Nights program For many school-aged children and their parents, visits to our Museum may be their only shared learning experience together outside of school. Capitalizing on that idea, in 1995 the Museum and the Fort Worth Independent School District worked together to establish what has grown into an incredibly powerful program to help parents engage in the ongoing process of their children’s education and to interact with them in a learning environment outside the home. Through Family Science Nights, elementary-aged school children, their parents and their teachers have enjoyed visiting the Museum together as a group on weeknights after the Museum was closed to the public, experiencing specially-tailored learning programs led by the Museum’s education staff. Since its first year, when the Museum served just two schools and 450 participants, the Family Science Nights program has expanded each year, ultimately reaching over 130,000 participants through more than 300 programs over its 11-year history. This program was created to benefit children and their families who might not ordinarily visit the Museum. In 2006, 85% of the schools participating were designated as Title 1 campuses, based on poverty level indicators. Of the nearly 25,000 participants that year, 72% would be classified as economically disadvantaged, 35% spoke English as their second language, and 58% were considered ‘at-risk.’ As an incentive for families to return and make the Museum a practical learning resource and part of their everyday lives, each family participating in a Family Science Night received a voucher for a future free visit to the Museum at their convenience during the following year, including admission to exhibits, the Omni Theater, and the Noble Planetarium. While the Museum is under construction through October 2009, we have built upon the highly successful Science Nights program by creating new Family Science Festivals, an outreach program through which underserved children and families representing participating elementary schools discover the scientific world through hands-on science activities and special demonstrations during a carnival-style event hosted at their own school, offered free-of-charge to students and their families.
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specialties, including chemistry, biology, and physics, this initiative is especially important to our long term vision for the program.
FREE FAMILY FRIDAYS As a part of its ongoing commitment to provide meaningful, entertaining and accessible opportunities for families, the Museum launched its popular Free Family Fridays program in 2006, through which the general public receives free general admission after 5 pm on the last Friday evening of the month. Attendance has grown steadily since the program began and Free Family Fridays has become an especially popular attraction since the Museum of Science and History began offering programs and exhibits in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in September 2007.
(4) PROGRAMS ENCOURAGING LIFELONG LEARNING THE MUSEUM’S ONGOING OFFERING OF EXHIBITS, FILMS IN THE OMNI THEATER AND PROGRAMS IN THE NOBLE PLANETARIUM While the outreach programs listed above illustrate the Museum’s expertise in creating extraordinary informal learning environments and experiences for an array of specific constituencies, the programming for which the Museum is best known by the public is its offering of outstanding programs, IMAX films and exhibits. With an annual attendance of nearly a million guests in recent years, the Museum has truly established its relevance as a popular place of learning for a widely diverse group of museum-goers, many of whom visit throughout the year with their children, grandchildren and out-oftown guests. Just as it was many years ago, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is a magical place for imagination and learning for students of all ages. From its humble beginnings, today’s Museum touches hundreds of thousands of lives each year through its complete offering of exhibits, films, and educational programs, from early preschool children attending KidSpace® and Museum School classes to children on field trips to teenagers engaged in hands-on science exhibits to families seeking a meaningful full-day family experience to educators participating in training programs and retired professionals volunteering in the Museum’s galleries. The Museum’s commitment to programs encouraging lifelong learning is evident through the thoughtful, intentional choices its leadership makes on an ongoing basis to provide programming appropriate to people of all ages and walks of life.
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