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JAN/FEB 2012

Plains Indian Photo: Library of Congress The Scout in Winter 1908 Edward Curtis

In IMAX January 7 – November 16, 2012 ®

On Exhibit January 28 – May 25, 2012





Jan 7 – Nov 16, 2012 Narrated by Academy-Award winner Morgan Freeman, Born to be Wild is an inspiring story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them—saving endangered species one life at a time. Stunningly captured in IMAX, Born to be Wild is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world–renowned primatologist Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated elephant authority Dame Daphne M. Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild. ®

Visit our website for showtimes.

Jun 25, 2011 through Mar 2, 2012

BOGO IMAX / January 7 – March 2, 2012 ®

Buy any IMAX ticket at the Pink Palace box office and get a free ticket to see Dolphins at 2:00pm daily! ®

Subject to availability. Same day only. Not valid for school groups.



The National Endowment for the Humanities presents

PINK PALACE exhibits

Jan 28 – May 25, 2012 Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing at Shelby Farms and Yellowstone National Park, the image of the bison stirs in us deep loyalties to the North American landscape. Wild and fundamental, the bison is a familiar part of our shared heritage. The Bison: American Icon explores the meaning and significance of this iconic creature for the Plains Indian culture of the 1800s through the commercial and national symbol of the present. Along the way, The Bison charts the dramatic changes that occured to the creature and its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for daily existence. The exhibition also illuminates the human response that eventually led to the bison’s preservation as a species and a symbol in the twentieth century. The Bison includes Plains Indian artifacts, contemporary Native American art, popular culture items, small models and sculptures, and some natural history materials.

An NEH on the Road Exhibition

Black & White Photo: Library of Congress The Scout in Winter 1908 Edward Curtis

In association with The Field Museum, Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Exclusive Members’ Preview

January 26

at the Pink Palace Museum

5:30 – 7:30pm

This exhibition has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Bison: American Icon was organized by the C. M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana.

Oct 29, 2011 through Mar 26, 2012

Sponsored by

Now on Display


Feb 11, 2012 through Oct 14, 2012


Wonders of a Winter Night


Dec 17 – Mar 10

The winter night skies ignite our imaginations with Orion, the Hunter; Taurus, the Great Bull; Ursa Major, the Great Bear or Big Dipper; and Gemini, the Twins.


Worlds in Motion / Jan 7 – Mar 3

The universe is a whirlwind of motion from the tiniest of waves or particles to the largest structures we know. Discover it all right along with our main character Red C. (Couch) Potato as he explores the various ways we move in space using his new hemispherical projection TV. Visit our webite for showtimes.

Seed Swap / Jan 28 (10am – 1pm)

You do not have to bring seeds to be able to join in the fun. Come to Lichterman & share the fruits of your own gardening labors with other Mid-South growers. Information and links about seed collection, storage & sowing is posted on


nature center

Plant Pointers Garden Lectures

Trail Blazin’ Volunteers

Jan 28 / Feb 15 / Mar 20 (12pm)

4th Saturday monthly sans Nov & Dec (9am – 12pm)

Find out about all things ‘garden’ from area experts. With a different subject the third Wednesday of every month, your green thumb will stay up-to-date and ready to dig.

Organized by Volunteer Mid-South. Trail Blazers help keep our pathways clear. Bring your gloves and we’ll provide the hot chocolate.

Privet Pull / Saturdays in Jan & Feb (9am – 12pm)

Sid the Science Kid Discovery Day

Help rid the Nature Center of invasive exotic plants like privet, honeysuckle and wisteria. Winter is the best time for getting rid of these invaders. Step into your work boots and lend a hand. We will have hot chocolate and coffee for Privet Pullers bringing their own reusable mug.

Wild Lunch / Tuesdays – Saturdays (12pm)

Watch the Backyard Wildlife Center’s animal keepers feed the animals at 12 noon. Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday: Box Turtle; Wednesday: Red Tailed Hawk; Friday: Snakes.

Feb 25 (10am – 2pm)

Lichterman Nature Center will open its doors to the public free of charge with reservations from Pick your time, print your tickets and meet us there. This event is sponsored in part by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee

pink palace MUSEUM HOURS

lichterman nature center HOURS

MON-SAT, 9:00am – 5:00pm / SUN, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

TUE-THU, 10:00am – 3:00pm / FRI & SAT, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Pink palace family of museums-ADMISSIONS Museum Exhibits Crew Training International IMAX Sharpe Planetarium Lichterman Nature Center


Adults $ 9.75 $ 8.25 $ 4.50 $ 6.00

Children 2 and under are free. Shows & showtimes are subject to change.

Ages(60+) Ages(3-12) Members $ 9.25 $ 6.25 FREE $ 7.50 $ 6.50 $ 4.00 $ 4.00 $ 5.50 $ 4.50 FREE

For IMAX & Planetarium Showtimes call 901.636.2362

Pink Palace Museum, IMAX & Planetarium, 3050 Central Avenue • Memphis, TN 38111

For Lichterman Program Times call 901.767.7322 ext.100 Lichterman Nature Center, 5992 Quince Road • Memphis, TN 38119




MUSEUM STORE books / toys / jewelry

Would you like to get a discount on your membership renewal or perhaps extra IMAX tickets? Refer a friend to the Pink Palace Family of Museums. When your friend purchases a new membership and gives us your member number or name, we will give you the choice of 10% off your renewal or two extra IMAX tickets.

Call 901.636.2406 for more information



FACILITY RENTALS banquets / conferences / weddings

Privet Pull Volunteers needed At Lichterman Nature Center

Saturdays in Jan & Feb / Jan 7 – Feb 25, 9am – 12pm Rid the Nature Center of invasive exotic plants by hand-pulling privet, honeysuckle, wisteria, etc. Email

“The Bison: American Icon” Exhibit at the Pink Palace Museum

Jan 28 – May 25, 2012 Be a part of the largest traveling exhibit of Plains Indians bison culture ever shown in this region. Train Jan 26 or 28 from 9am – 12:30pm

“Sid, The Science Kid” Event at Lichterman Nature Center Saturday, Feb 25, 2012 Share in the fun of kids learning by helping at this event from 9:30am – 2:30pm Call or email to sign up 901.636.2438 / WWW.MEMPHISMUSEUMS.ORG

Pink Palace 901.636.2394

Lichterman 901.767.7322 ext.113



DONATION Christine Todd Dr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Tanner Mr. Daniel Q. Murphy Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens Ms. Margaret J. Maher Mr. and Mrs. Sudhir Agrawal Mr. and Mrs. Gene Henson Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Todd Baptist Memorial Health Care System Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare Director’s Circle Mr. and Mrs. Sudhir Agrawal Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Beyl Ms. Joy R. Bowen Ms. Cynthia Buchanan and Mr. Jim Covington Mr. and Ms. Ronald Coleman Mr. and Mrs. John B. Coleman Ms. Jan Connor Dr. James T. Dalton and Dr. Stephanie Scott Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Franklin Ms. Sara L. Hall Mr. and Mrs. Gene Henson Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Hooks Mr. and Mrs. Odell Horton, Jr. Mrs. Lisa Lichterman Leach Mr. and Mrs. David Liebetreu Mr. and Mrs. Brad Martin Dr. Rita Moore Mr. and Mrs. Steve Pike Dr. Edward M. Rafalski Mr. and Mrs. William B. Rudner Mr. Casey Shannon Ms. Ruth Lyn Wells Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Wills Advocate Mr. and Mrs. Matt Bond Dr. and Mrs. Edward T. Ordman Dr. Thomas Shelton and Dr. Kay Jackson Benefactor Drs. Daniel and Abby Baker Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bancker Dr. Robert Donato Mr. and Ms. David Doughty Ms. Gayle Evans Mr. and Mrs. John Fain Dr. and Mrs. Mitchel Godat Dr. Shawn Hayden Mrs. Ann J. Huckaba Dr. and Mrs. Tom Rhodes Mr. David Sanford and Mr. William Sanford Mr. and Mrs. Michael Uiberall Mr. and Mrs. Jim Vickery Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Walker Mr. and Mrs. Craig Weiss Palace Guard Dr. and Mrs. John R. Adams, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Balla, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Pervis J. Ballew Ms. Faith Barcroft Mr. and Mrs. Scott E. Bohon Comprehensive Counsel Network Dr. and Mrs. Roger Cunningham Mr. and Mrs. Winston J. Daws Dr. and Mrs. J. T. Francisco Mr. and Mr. Art Hatfield Dr. and Mrs. Mervyn Israel Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Krug Mr. and Mrs. Mathew McCrory Mr. Charles H. McNutt Mr. and Mrs. Millard Oldham Dr. and Mrs. James A. Pitcock Mr. Theodore Poplos and Dr. Stephanie A. Storgion Mr. James Raines and Mr. Alan Raines Dr. and Dr. Richard R. Ranta Mr. and Mrs. Chris Rose Mr. Donald Stanley and Mrs. Tekla E. Littlefield Ms. Sharon E. Taylor Dr. and Mrs. Otis S. Warr, III Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Williamson Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Williamson Mr. and Mrs. John Zanella


David Powell, a student at The Kings Daughters School in Columbia, Tennessee, found this tooth while on a field trip to the Duck River. David has an avid interest in paleontology, so he immediately realized that this tooth was not from a modern animal. He and his parents, Patricia and George Powell, took the the specimen to the McWane Science Center in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. The staff there identified the fossil as bison latifrons, a huge ice age bison that became extinct sometime between 20,000 to 30,000 years ago. Because David found the fossil in Tennessee, he thought that it should go to a museum in Tennessee. He chose the Pink Palace. We are very happy to add it to our collection. < David Powell giving his fossil find to Pink Palace Conservator Roy Young

Night at the Museum


Jan 27 & 28 (6pm–10am)

$40 per person – Members ($50 non-members) Reservations Required Call 901.636.2362 Bring your family to spend the night in a real museum. Enjoy a planetarium show, Magic of Science Show, Scavenger Hunt, and a private showing of the Born to Be Wild IMAX film and Bison Exhibit! Dinner, Late Night Snack, and Breakfast provided. Visit for more information. Open to ages 6 and up. Space is limited, call today!


Spirit Award winner for 2011: Joe Oliver (pictured top left) Joe has helped in four different areas: volunteering as an exhibit docent, Planetarium repairman, lighting exhibits and even security; saving the Museum at least $6,000.

Outstanding Service Award recipients for 2011: John Ducrest & Margaret Williams (pictured bottom left) John and Margaret have been Sunday docents for 16 years in Cultural History exhibits. John shares Clarence Saunders and Piggly Wiggly stories with visitors. Margaret, dressed in period clothing, demonstrates frontier crafts in the Log Cabin exhibit. They have each contributed over 2,000 hours of service as well as ensuring the Museum comes alive for Sunday visitors.

Most Valued Volunteer Certificate: John West John was Project Manager for Trail Blazing Saturdays at Lichterman Nature Center for six years. A dedicated organizer and motivator, John led monthly volunteer groups, clearing and maintaining trails at Lichterman. John travels internationally, but found time to make a tremendous difference at Lichterman.

Shining Star Youth Certificate: TraShunya Mitchell Last summer, TraShunya helped with birthday parties and educational events for children at Lichterman.

For membership information: 901.636.2406 To make a contribution: 901.636.2412 WWW.MEMPHISMUSEUMS.ORG






Ron Coleman, President Jeffrey R. Wills, Senior Vice President Sudhir K. Agrawal, Treasurer Casey Shannon, General Counsel Sally Coleman, Secretary/Friends President


Jerry C. Beyl Peggy Bodine Joy R. Bowen Jan Connor James T. Dalton Stephen R. Franklin Gene Henson Janet Hooks Lisa Lichterman Leach John Levesque David Liebetreu Rita Moore Edward M. Rafalski Margaret H. West


The first months of the year are always difficult. The holidays are over, the weather, unpromising. Valentine’s Day is okay, but the only other thing to look forward to is President’s Day. Enough said. Two thousand twelve will be different, though. Whatever the weather, there will be many wonderful things going on at the Pink Palace Family of Museums. First, the IMAX film Born to Be Wild opens January 7. This film won five Giant Screen Cinema Association Awards including Best Film for Lifelong Learning. In it Morgan Freeman narrates the story of valiant people who rescue orphaned orangutans and elephants. ®

At the same time, we will be offering a unique exhibit, Bison: American Icon. On its own, this traveling exhibit would be great. Our staff has augmented it with seldom seen Plains Indian artifacts from the Field Museum in Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Truly, no one will ever see all of these artifacts in one place again. And, as the Pythoners always said, here is something completely different: the Seed Swap at Lichterman Nature Center January 28. It is a chance to exchange seed stock with others, seeds you can soon plant and tend. After all, Spring will come, and winter will end. Thank You!

Immediate Past President

Odell Horton, Jr. Honorary Trustees

William L. Reed & John D. Walt

EX-OFFICIO Cindy Buchanan Steve Pike

The operation of the Pink Palace Family of Museums is a successful public-private partnership. In this joint venture, the City of Memphis provides 50% of the operating cost with the remaining 50% provided through charitable giving and earned revenue by Memphis Museums, Inc. Museum Scope Editor, Ronda Cloud Museum Scope Designer, Robert Hughes volume twenty-TWO, issue ONE Museum Scope, issn 0145-6555, is published six times a year by the Pink Palace Family of Museums, 3050 Central Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111. Annual subscription is provided with a value of $6.50 per paid membership. periodicals postage paid at Memphis, TN. Postmaster: send address changes to Museum Scope, 3050 Central Avenue

Steve Pike, Director of Museums With your help, this year as in years past, the Pink Palace Family of Museums will continue to provide unique and inspiring educational experiences to our area school children – many of them at no cost to the students. All student experiences are subsidized at approximately $10 per student.

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Mission Statement: The Pink Palace Family of Museums inspires people to learn how history, science, technology and nature shape the Mid-South. Through rich collections, thought provoking exhibitions and engaging programs, we encourage our diverse community to reflect on the past, understand the present and influence the future.

January 1 6

Pink Palace Family of Museums CLOSED New Years Day CTI IMAX Theater Hubble last day Pink Palace Educator Alex Eilers journeys to the Antarctic! Follow her: ®

7 21 26 27 28

CTI IMAX Theater Born to be Wild opens Sharpe Planetarium Worlds in Motion opens Lichterman Nature Center Trail Blazin’ Volunteers Pink Palace Museum Members’ Preview of The Bison: American Icon Pink Palace Museum Night at the Museum Pink Palace Museum The Bison: American Icon opens Pink Palace Museum Night at the Museum Lichterman Nature Center Seed Swap Lichterman Nature Center Plant Pointers Garden Lectures Lichterman Nature Center Trail Blazin’ Volunteers ®

february 11 15 25

Pink Palace Museum Women of Strength, Women of Color opens Lichterman Nature Center Plant Pointers Garden Lectures Lichterman Nature Center Sid the Science Kid Lichterman Nature Center Trail Blazin’ Volunteers

march 2 3 10

CTI IMAX Theater Ultimate Wave: Tahiti last day CTI IMAX Theater Tornado Alley opens Sharpe Planetarium Mars Quest opens





A Memphis Museums, Inc. Publication

Animals depicted were conducted pursuant to NMFS Permit No 87-1851

photo by: Daniel Costa

Memphis Museums Scope Jan/Feb 2012  

Memphis Pink Palace Family of Museums bi-monthly membership publication