The Oregonian got a sneak peak at our press release and published “Rice NW Museum of Rocks and Minerals announces new affiliation with Smithsonian” to help us honor and celebrate the museum’s new affiliation with the Smithsonian.
Speaking for the Smithsonian, Harold A. Closter, director of Smithsonian Affiliations, is quoted as saying, “The museum has a well-deserved reputation for engaging generations in earth sciences through its scholarship, exhibitions, and education programs. Our partnership offers the opportunity to underscore the importance of science as a source of inspiration in our daily lives and in the years ahead.”
Since the museum appointed Julian Gray as executive director in late spring of 2014, it has drawn a number of awards for its traveling exhibits. Most recently, it won top honors for its exhibit “Lead Minerals” at the 2015 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.
The new relationship between the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals and Smithsonian Institution has the potential to bring specimens and exhibits from the Smithsonian and provide opportunities for collaboration with scientists on research projects, exhibitions, lectures and programs.