CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Aug. 16, 1999
UI Museum of Natural History holds Aug. 21 talk, opens
two new exhibits
IOWA CITY, Iowa The University of Iowa Museum
of Natural History will hold a program for children and adults titled "Native
Plant Use" by teacher and naturalist Chris Fowler from 1- 2:30 p.m. Saturday,
Aug. 21 in Iowa Hall on the first floor of Macbride Hall. Also, in recognition
of Iowa Archaeology Month, the museum will open two new exhibits on the same
Program Coordinator David Brenzel says that Fowler
will demonstrate several traditional uses of native plants, including the
construction of bark baskets, buckets and rope. At the conclusion of the lecture
and demonstration, children will be invited to make a necklace or bracelet
from bark cord and other natural materials. Fowler, who graduated from Northwestern
College in Orange City with a degree in biology and plant studies, served
as a teacher-naturalist at Unicoi State Park in northern Georgia and at the
Blue Ridge Environmental Education Center in Taccoa, Ga., where he learned
the crafts of woodland Native Americans.
Visitors to the lobby of Iowa Hall beginning Aug.
21 will be able to view a new temporary exhibit, "The Search for John Gilbert,"
displaying the results of the search for the lost site of the first trading
post in Johnson County. The exhibit was developed by the Heritage Museum of
Johnson County with assistance from Cindy Peterson, Office of the State Archaeologist;
the State Historical Society of Iowa; and Armadillo Arts of Iowa City.
Also, a new permanent exhibit on the ground floor
of Macbride Hall features a collection of Native American tools found in Tama
County by James Loren Kallam, a 1903 UI pharmacy graduate. Kallam collected
the tools in the early 1890s.
The program and exhibits are free and open to the
public. For more information, call David Brenzel, program coordinator, at