The Passenger Pigeon at the Skinner Museum
Created for Professor Mark McMenamin's "Geology 133: Mass Extinction, Dinosaurs and Ecological Recovery," Spring 2020
Produced by Meridith Richter with photography by Laura Shea and narration by Aaron F. Miller
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In 2008, Boston-based photographer Rosamond Wolff Purcell made a series of images of natural history specimens at the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology in California. In the newest installment of the mhcameo series Objects of Our Affection, Professor of English Elizabeth Young discusses one photograph from that series, Purcell's beautiful, beguiling Passenger Pigeon. Young describes her recent immersion in the mysterious world of taxidermy, and recounts the fascinating history of the now-extinct passenger pigeon.
Assembled over a lifetime and inspiring wonder for generations, Skinner’s cabinet of curiosities has been a unique treasure of MHC’s campus since 1946.
Introductory tour of the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum
Filmed by Meridith Richter with narration by Aaron F. Miller