New Jog­gins ex­hibit ded­i­cated to Reid

‘Car­bonif­er­ous Cab­i­net of Won­ders’ to be un­veiled May 18


Since the 19th cen­tury peo­ple have been col­lect­ing won­ders from the Jog­gins Fos­sil Cliffs, with each dis­cov­ery adding to our un­der­stand­ing of evo­lu­tion.

To­day, when you find a fos­sil on the beach and take it to the in­ter­pre­ta­tion cen­tre in Jog­gins, you are mak­ing your­self a part of sci­en­tific work dat­ing back cen­turies. The Jog­gins Fos­sil Cen­tre is rec­og­niz­ing the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions of col­lec­tors with its lat­est ex­hibit, and is ded­i­cat­ing the ex­hibit to its most fa­mous col­lec­tor.

“It’s a trib­ute to Don Reid and the whole art of col­lect­ing, and how col­lect­ing is an old ac­tiv­ity that has been around as long as peo­ple have,” said Lau­rie Glenn Nor­ris, ed­u­ca­tion and out­reach man­ager. “Our cu­ra­tors, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Grey, have been work­ing on this ex­hibit for the last few months.”

Col­lect­ing Com­mu­ni­ties: A Car­bonif­er­ous Cab­i­net of Won­ders will be given of­fi­cial un­veil­ing with a pub­lic open­ing at the cen­tre on Thursday, May 18. Most of the items in the per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion were do­nated by lo­cal res­i­dents, in­clud­ing Reid.

“It’s kind of a show­piece where peo­ple, start­ing in the medieval or Re­nais­sance pe­riod, used to put cu­riosi­ties or things from the nat­u­ral world they were proud of or thought were in­ter­est­ing ... they put those on dis­play so their friends or family could see them,” said Glenn Nor­ris. “As well, sci­en­tists had cab­i­nets of cu­riosi­ties, where they would put things for study like fos­sils, shells and that type of thing.”

She de­scribed the ex­hibit as a “mod­ern-day cab­i­net of cu­riosi­ties,” with fos­sils from Reid’s col­lec­tion, as well as ar­ti­facts from the coal min­ing years in the Jog­gins area.

The event will be­gin at 1 p.m. with three short pre­sen­ta­tions from Dr. Ja­nine Rogers, pho­tog­ra­pher Thad­deus Holow­nia and Dr. John Calder, fol­lowed by a re­cep­tion at 3 p.m. to open the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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