Dinosaurs, Apes, Fundraising and Programming

Alyson Wilkins embarked on a wide-ranging and eye-opening internship this summer, in addition to volunteering in the KU Biodiversity Institute Paleo Lab and presenting posters and papers at professional conferences.

What do dinosaurs and apes have in common? I spent the summer interning at the Museum at Prairiefire learning how museum run themselves. The Museum at Prairiefire is located in Overland Park, Kansas, and they do museums a little differently. They have one central rotating exhibit and the theme during my time was The World’s Largest Dinosaurs. Part of my internship included helping to create docent guides.

Props for Planet of the Apes movie night and talk: ape and human skulls, a Prairiefire shot glass, and all-access passes to the museumI enjoyed helping create a movie outreach event revolving around the summer hit, War for the Planet of the Apes. It was a movie screening and talk with a specialist in ape biology and evolution. This project also provided me the opportunity to learn A speaker discusses primates after the Young Professionals group watches Planet of the Apes.more about Young Professionals organizations in Kansas City and meet all the fantastic people involved in them. I also helped begin a programming series which will evolve into its’ own Young Professionals group.

Working with the fantastic group of people at the Museum at Prairiefire was a wonderful learning experience. I learned everything from direct mail fundraising to program design and more, from a group of people who excel in their respective fields. I enjoyed working with them and look forward to seeing what the Museum at Prairiefire does in the future.


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FeBREWary at the Watkins
Thursday, February 15 | 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St.
The Watkins, in partnership with Lawrence Beer Co., presents an evening of beer, food, and knowledge! Enjoy beer and a fascinating talk on brewing provided by Lawrence Beer Co., plus food from local restaurants and an informal museum tour. Tickets are $15 for DCHS members, $20 for non-members. You may sign up online or contact the museum at 785-841-4109. We recommend buying in advance. Ages 21 and over only, please. More information and registration.

Winter Table: An Evening of Herpetology
Wednesday, February 28 | 6:30 p.m.
KU Natural History Museum, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
A celebration of more than 100 years of KU herpetology research programs and the careers of Linda Trueb and Bill Duellman. Explore the Natural History Museum's reptile and amphibian collections and enjoy appetizers and drinks. Dine in the Panorama Gallery with KU herpetology scientists and students conducting reptile and amphibian research across the globe. 

6:30 pm: appetizers, drinks and science salon
7:00 pm: dinner and program
$50 per person 

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