Providence Gets a New (Old) Museum

The Times reports on a group of grad students at Brown who have banded together to revive a long-defunct University museum:

If museums are meant to preserve objects forever, then forever ended here in 1945.

That year, Brown University's natural history museum, which included multitudes of animal skeletons and specimens among its 50,000 items, as well as anthropological curiosities like rope made from human hair, was thrown away.

It was a sad end to what had been a labor of love for John Whipple Potter Jenks, a Brown alumnus, taxidermist and naturalist who founded the teaching museum in 1871.


Rope made of human hair! Cool, and also eeeewwww. (But mostly cool.)

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