History Collection prepares for open house

ASNHC plans to host lecture

By Sophia Gravatt
On October 19, 2018

Angelo State’s Natural History Collections will host its annual open house and lecture in November.

The event is hosted by the biology department. "The curators and myself and our student employees put it on," Dianna Kresja, the Natural History Collections’ manager, said. "We also usually get help from Tri Beta, the biology honor society."

Kresja said there will be some activities and interesting things to check out during the event.

"It’s a lot of fun; there’s a lot of energy," Kresja said.

Kresja said they will also be giving tours through the collections, so people can spend time in each of those places and ask questions. The curators will be there to help answer questions within their specialties.

"Usually our doors are locked so we don’t have public museum hours," Kresja said. "This is the one time each year when we open our doors for anyone to come and ask any and all questions they might have."

Krejsa will also give a lecture on the importance of the Natural History Collections.

"I’ll be doing a talk about the issues that the collections are undergoing—both our collection personally, but also on a more national and global level," Kresja said. "I’ll be addressing what is happening to museums due to funding shortages."

Kresja said the most interesting thing to her about museums is the fact that they are preserving these things that we will perhaps not realize the value of for decades or another century.

"The items are currently being used in research both on campus and in international research. But again, we might not know the questions that will be asked of them for years to come, so we’re always trying to preserve things and think for the future," Kresja said. "So with money issues this is a global problem that natural history collections are having to deal with."

She said she will talk about the plight of the collections at the event but also the promise as they head into another couple avenues of their use in research and education.

The open house will be on Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Cavness Building. Dr. Krejsa’s lecture is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. in Room 100. All students and community members are welcome to attend.

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