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Friday, 24 February 2017

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Mapping Texas: 1695 Zee-Fakkel (Sea Torch) Map 

BEYONDbones [2017-02-24 19:20:13]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info
By Mylynka Kilgore-Cardona, PhD, Map Curator, Archives and Records, Texas General Land Office Johannes Van Keulen & Claes Jansz Vooght, Pas Kaart Van de Golff van Mexico Door C.J. Voogt Geometra T Amsterdam by Johannis Van Keulen Boek en Zee Kaart verkoper aande Niewe-Brug inde Gekroonde Lootsman Met Privilegie voor 15 Iaaren,[Sea Chart of the Gulf

Mapping Texas: On Conquistadors And Cartographers 

BEYONDbones [2017-02-17 14:00:11]  recommend  recommend this post  (2 visits) info
By Mylynka Kilgore-Cardona, PhD, Map Curator, Archives and Records, Texas General Land Office In the nearly four hundred years that it took for Texas to take its current shape, the space changed from an extensive, unexplored and sparsely settled frontier under the Spanish Crown to its iconic and easily recognizable outline. Mapping Texas: From Frontier to

Mapping Texas: The Beginning 

BEYONDbones [2017-01-27 23:46:13]  recommend  recommend this post  (82 visits) info
    The image above is the so-called “Waldseemuller Map“, one of the oldest maps on display in our new special exhibit: Mapping Texas: From Frontier to Lone Star State. Titled Tabula Terre Nove, the map was produced in 1513 to be included in a new edition of Claudius Ptolemy’s Geographic , a book that was originally written

Mapping Texas! 

BEYONDbones [2017-01-22 00:47:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (58 visits) info
  Texas is a state with a real personality. She is a larger than life character, recognizable across the world. No matter where you go, if you say you are from Texas, people will know exactly what you are referring to.  Texas is America’s Han Solo, John Wayne, and Indiana Jones all rolled into one.

Top 5 Ways to Make Spirits Bright at HMNS 

BEYONDbones [2016-12-12 22:51:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (3 visits) info
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The streets are aglow with beautiful lights, and everyone seems to be just a little bit more jolly! It can also be a stressful time. The kids have only been on break … Continue reading →

The Great Sweet Potato Mystery! 

BEYONDbones [2016-12-09 14:00:03]  recommend  recommend this post  (2 visits) info
The holidays are a time to be with family, to re-prioritize your life, rediscover yourself and your road to inner peace…they’re also a time to eat lots of sweet potatoes! That’s right, nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a big, fat … Continue reading →

What’s “Up” This Month – Celestial Happenings This December 

BEYONDbones [2016-12-03 14:00:42]  recommend  recommend this post  (6 visits) info
Photo courtesy of Pixabay Our resident astronomer James Wooten is back, and he’s here to tell you what to look up for this month! From meteor showers to solar events, December is shaping up to be an exciting end of … Continue reading →

Thank you, HMNS Volunteers! 

BEYONDbones [2016-11-28 22:00:19]  recommend  recommend this post  (32 visits) info
It takes much more than a village to successfully operate an organization like HMNS. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is one of the most visited museums in the country, but the experiences of each patron would not be the … Continue reading

The Potluck: A Native American Thanksgiving Tradition? 

BEYONDbones [2016-11-24 14:00:48]  recommend  recommend this post  (4 visits) info
We’ve all been to one, some of us probably feeling slightly jaded about being pressured to contribute a dish that will surely be outdone by that one magnificent chef that attends every celebration. But where does the tradition of the … Continue reading

Thanksgiving must have dishes as done by our caterers 

BEYONDbones [2016-11-22 14:00:47]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info
  Thanksgiving by A Fare Extraordinaire Contributions by Lauren Rothwell and Stephanie McKeever Holiday Turkey Sliders The Holiday Turkey Slider is A Fare Extraordinaire’s favorite way to combine all of the festive flavors of Thanksgiving into one tasty sandwich! It … Continue reading

#GivingTuesday Inspiration: Emeritus Trustee Ann B. Brinkerhoff Gives to HMNS for 40 Plus Years 

BEYONDbones [2016-11-20 14:00:16]  recommend  recommend this post  (3 visits) info
Emeritus Trustee Ann B. Brinkerhoff exemplifies commitment to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, giving generously and enthusiastically her time, resources and expertise for over 40 years. As a capstone of her years of service, Ann spearheaded the formation of … Continue reading

Flooding the Santorini Caldera 

volcanicdegassing [2016-11-08 16:00:04]  recommend  recommend this post  (3 visits) info
The flooded caldera of Santorini volcano holds many secrets, buried beneath the ash and pumice of its last great eruption. In the Late Bronze Age, about 3600 years ago, an explosive eruption several times larger that of Krakatoa, 1883, wreaked devastation across this thriving island. A great trading port, Akrotiri, was buried under metres of pumice; preserving for future generations a snapshot of Late Cycladic urban life. Once the eruption was over and the dust had, literally, settled the [...]

Guess This Sound! 

BEYONDbones [2016-10-18 14:00:36]  recommend  recommend this post  (49 visits) info
You guys have penchant for answering the riddles we pose on social media faster than greased lightning, so we thought we would crank up the difficulty level. And in honor of the month of Halloween, our challenges will all have … Continue reading

HMNS Weekly Happenings 

BEYONDbones [2016-10-17 14:00:31]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info
BTS – Mummies of the World: The Exhibition   Mummies of the World: The Exhibition presents a collection of mummies from Europe, South America and ancient Egypt-some 4,500 years old.   Go behind-the-scenes and learn about mummies and mummification through … Continue reading

A new sound in town! 

BEYONDbones [2016-10-14 14:00:43]  recommend  recommend this post  (111 visits) info
By Nancy Greig, Director Emeritus, Cockrell Butterfly Center As I was leaving the museum around 9 p.m. last week, after the fun “Evenings with the Owls” event at the Butterfly Center, my attention was piqued by an unfamiliar sound. It was … Continue reading

2016 African Hall Updates 

BEYONDbones [2016-10-12 14:00:57]  recommend  recommend this post  (6 visits) info
Dan Brooks, Ph.D. HMNS Curator of Vertebrate Zoology     The Frensley/Graham Hall of African Wildlife, built 2002-04 was a new variation of a common traditional theme at HMNS, in that we wanted to portray more than just the Serengeti … Continue reading

Museum Collections: Cooler than it Sounds! 

BEYONDbones [2016-10-11 14:00:54]  recommend  recommend this post  (7 visits) info
Oftentimes we find ourselves in social situations with people we’ve never met before. You may be in a doctor’s office, a school open house, or even at a social event in our Museum. While mingling with new people the same … Continue reading

Ghostly Creatures of the Night: A True Raccoon Story! 

BEYONDbones [2016-10-05 14:00:05]  recommend  recommend this post  (10 visits) info
The other day I was on one of my three-mile walks, fighting off those extra pounds that come with my new, sedentary office job. The sun was coming down earlier than I expected, an unwelcome consequence of changing seasons, and … Continue reading

Dr. Van Der Sanden Talks About Bog Bodies 

BEYONDbones [2016-09-30 14:00:44]  recommend  recommend this post  (47 visits) info
    Since our new special exhibit Mummies of the World has officially opened for all to come and see, we thought it would be a good idea to publish a series of blogs about the different kinds of mummies featured … Continue reading

The 113th Anniversary of ‘Ol 97 

BEYONDbones [2016-09-29 21:36:54]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info
“Sorry we couldn’t remember the Wreck of Old ’97”  Elwood,  The Blues Brothers                         https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wreck_of_the_Old_97   One of the things I have been working on lately is an exhibit, Trains … Continue reading
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