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Written by: Joe Keiper
Wednesday February 19, 2014

Our address is 21 Starling Avenue in Martinsville, Virginia. We do a lot, and a lot of good, down here in the south-central area of the Commonwealth. But… our mission says we are to interpret Virginia’s natural heritage for all citizens. That’s a big task – and we’re getting there!

While our headquarters and collections will always be in Martinsville, we relentlessly push our message and science out. We just made our big push through the VMNH Foundation Discovery Fund to acquire donations from supporters to move our efforts in science and science literacy forward. Activities such as our lecture series, our casting and molding program, outreach efforts where we send educators on the road to give lessons in Virginia’s classrooms, and other ventures are funded this way. We received donations from 38 zip codes across the state, and 7 states outside of Virginia (CO, NC, NY, OH, TN, TX, and WV)!

First of all, thank you to all that support the museum! This is so important because we will have the resources to continue to grow our collections, teach children, provide teacher professional development, and set up new exhibits at facilities all around Virginia. Below are some images of the work we do state-wide. Enjoy…

Fossil shark tooth

A fossil shark tooth from our Carmel Church excavation in Caroline County.

Portable display cases

A portable case of museum specimens, currently installed in Waynesboro, VA.

Abe and Joe

Me posing with Abe Lincoln at the Virginia Tech bug fest!

Tags: Executive Director, Outreach, Paleontology, Research and Collections