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Nature's Mirror: How Taxidermists Shaped America's Natural History Museums and Saved Endangered Species

Mary Anne Andrei

Abstract

The taxidermists who mounted specimens and created educational exhibits for America’s natural history museums, zoos, and aquaria of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries were also among the first to become aware of the devastating effects of careless human interaction with the natural world. Witnessing firsthand the decimation caused by hide-hunters, commercial feather collectors, whalers, big game hunters, and poachers, these museum men recognized the existential threat to critically endangered species and the urgent need to protect them. The compelling exhibits they created, as w ... More

Keywords: William T. Hornaday, Carl E. Akeley, Frederic A. Lucas, Charles H. Townsend, Frederic S. Webster, taxidermist, conservation, natural history museums, exhibition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226730318
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226730455.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary Anne Andrei, author
NET Nebraska