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June 22 - June 28
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Minnesota’s Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell

Tuesday 06/23/2020

Tracing Newton Horace Winchell’s path to becoming a leading light of an emerging scientific field, Minnesota’s Geologist recreates the early days of scientific inquiry in Minnesota, when one man’s passion for learning could unlock secrets of the state’s distant past and present landscape. This first telling of Winchell’s life story is set against a backdrop of Minnesota’s geological complexity and splendor.

Author Sue Leaf will be giving a short talk, followed by audience Q&A. She will relate how she came to be interested in Winchell, tell what resources were available to tell his story, and then give three short scenes from his life: maybe capsizing on Lake Michigan while doing field work as a young geologist near Door County; his initial trip into the Arrowhead (the canoe trip to end all canoe trips)— solo, with two Ojibwe guides; and then the debacle of the Kensington Runestone.

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Member Master Class (Bell Member Exclusive)

Wednesday 06/24/2020

Join us June 24 at 12 pm for the very first member master class! In this virtual event, Herbarium Collections Manager Tim Whitfeld will discuss the importance of the Bell Museum’s Herbarium Collection, answer your questions, and demonstrate how to collect, press, and mount plant specimens.

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August 03 - August 09
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August Member Master Class (Bell Member Exclusive)

Wednesday 08/05/2020

Join us for our next Bell member master class!

In this virtual event, Minnesota Master Naturalist and our Gallery Programs Coordinator Heather Cummins will turn over a new leaf to demystify the insect world. You will learn how to use tools you have right at home to identify, capture, and observe insects (and their relatives), and simple ways you can support our six-legged neighbors right in your own neighborhood.

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