About Me

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My name is Ben, and I’m a exhibit developer in the Chicago area. This blog is a space for my personal explorations into the historic and aesthetic dimensions of natural history education, especially the cultural and scientific legacies of mounted dinosaur skeletons. Please direct questions to extinctmonsters (at) gmail.

What’s with extinct monsters? This was the evocative title of the first incarnation of the National Museum of Natural History’s fossil halls (1911-1963). I find it charming, and am cheerfully borrowing it.

Disclaimer: Views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone, and do not reflect the museums and other institutions where I have worked, studied or volunteered. I will always make it clear when I am writing about an exhibit or program that I personally worked on.

6 responses to “About Me

  1. Paul D Brinkman

    Dear Ben:

    I really enjoy your blog. We seem to be interested in a lot off the same things. I also have a blog. It’s called Expeditionlive! I blog about history of paleontology.

    Paul

    • Ben

      Hi Paul, I’m a big fan of your book, The 2nd Jurassic Dinosaur Rush, but I didn’t know about the blog. Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Steve Hight

    I used to live about 1/4 mile from that plaque. Now my wife and i are writing our second book about Fruita, and we’re using a photo of Elmer Riggs provided by Paul Brinkman!

  3. Francisco

    thank you very much excellent work, I’m enjoying it with care, thank you for sharing your knowledge, greetings and thanks again

  4. Great research and writing! I’m up in Wisconsin and an expert on historic relief models made by Edwin Howell (1845-1911, partner in Ward’s Nat Sci) that were displayed with fossils and casts. Howell helped set up the first meg at the NM among others. I’m writing a biography of Howell and I will refer folks to your blog!

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