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The American Museum of Natural History and How It Got That Way: With a New Preface by the Author and a New Foreword by Neil deGrasse Tyson Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Thomas A. Lesser was Scientific Assistant and Intern Astronomer (1974–76) and Senior Lecturer (1975–82) at the Hayden Planetarium. He has also held several positions at the American Museum of Natural History, including Manager of Development. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
This volume makes a valuable contribution to our knowledge of one of the most iconic American institutions devoted to science and popular education, especially regarding astronomy and space science, over the course of more than a century. Deeply researched and illustrated with 50 black-and-white period photos and numerous diagrams, the work is not only a pleasure to read but will serve as a notable reference for years to come. Planetarians everywhere can benefit from a short to an in-depth perusal of its pages., Planetarian: Journal of the International Planetarium Society
Want to learn more fascinating history about the Museum of Natural History? In honor of its 150th anniversary, Colin Davey and Thomas A. Lesser have brought out a new, definitive history of the Museum. The book, The American Museum of Natural History and How It Got that Way, provides a history of the museum’s architecture, collections, exhibitions, and research and conservation efforts, charting the institution’s relationship with the natural world and with New York City. In these pages, you’ll find polar explorers, intrepid archeologists, and visionary rocket scientists who devoted their lives to discovery and, in many cases, to the Museum itself.---Lucie Levine, 6sqft
An adroitly written and researched narrative., Gotham: A Blog for Scholars of New York City History
The American Museum of Natural History and Rose Center for Earth and Space are treasures that reveal our connection to and long fascination with the world around us and the universe beyond. Through their doors we enter into an expedition of our own full of discovery and revelation. The American Museum of Natural History and How It Got That Way throws those doors open and allows us insights into the events, personalities, and artifacts that define and continue to shape this world-class institution! Colin Davey with Tom Lesser invite us in with details and stories that could come only from deep and thorough research and dedication to veracity! This book is a must for all naturalists, historians, and lovers of art, museums, and New York! -- Stephen Christopher Quinn, Exhibition Associate, The American Museum of Natural History
One of my most cherished childhood memories as a visitor to New York was the breathtaking moment when the lights were lowered at the Hayden Planetarium and the skyline of the city and the night sky emerged. Thanks to Colin Davey’s similar experiences that led him to write this informative book, it rekindled that magical moment for me and explained in great detail the wonderful story of an institution I loved but knew so little about. -- Sara Cedar Miller, Historian Emerita, Central Park Conservancy
What the Museum has done, in different ways, through the different stages of its life, is to feed the human sense of wonder at the universe. -- Kermit Roosevelt III, from the Foreword
The American Museum of Natural History is one of New York City’s most beloved institutions, and one of the largest, most celebrated museums in the world. Since 1869, generations of New Yorkers and tourists of all ages have been educated and entertained here. Located across the street from Central Park, the huge structure, spanning four city blocks, is constructed of many buildings of diverse architectural styles built over a period of 150 years. This is the first book to tell the story of the museum from the point of view of these buildings. The American Museum of Natural History and How It Got That Way combines them with New York, American history, and the history of science., Prehistoric Times
A gigantic treasure chest stands next to New York’s Central Park, filled with the wonders of prehistoric times, life on Earth, and deep space. For me, the American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium were like a second childhood home. I’m so glad for this book, which at last tells its remarkable story.---Andrew Chaikin, A Man on the Moon --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B07PZYV13F
- Publisher : Empire State Editions; 1st edition (May 14, 2019)
- Publication date : May 14, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 11932 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 352 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #481,919 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed this book's recounting of the early history and in particular, the phases of building that led to the current museum.
However, there were a few inaccuracies-the book says that 35 horses pulled the Cape York meteorite to the museum while a video display in the Hall of Meteorites states 28-minor complaint, but not excuse for it.
Also, when discussing the dinosaur Halls, the book still uses the discarded term "carnosaur." Current terminology is a requisite in a book like this.
Also, the second half of the book examines the history of the planetarium, and has way too much detail about fundraising efforts, space better used to discuss the science and displays.
Still, if you want a concise history of AMNH this isn't a terrible book.
This is the complete story of the Museum of Natural History down by Central Park in NYC. Covering four city blocks and housed in many different styles of buildings, the history of the museum is as engrossing as some of the history it presents to us. This is not a quick read - it took me several months to give it the attention it deserves. This should be a must-read for teens before visiting the museum, or between visits. All adults need to spend some time with the attention to detail and intricate involvement it has required to share with us this fascinating collection of the history of the world we live in. This book moved AMNH to the top of my bucket visit.
Colin Davey’s book, The American Museum of Natural History and How it Got that Way is truly all-encompassing. He reveals this dynamic and famous museum in a way that brings it to life: from floorplans and history, to stories about key exhibits and the men who kept it growing and changing.
Davey has written a well-researched book about one of the most well-known museums in the world. It will be inspiring.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for review.
I did however finally go, with the one person I would go with. My favorite cousin who loved my dad as much as I did. I can't say I was elated or let down, due to my apprehension. But I still feel the loss after going anew.
I told the author of this book, I would buy it simply because of what the museum and planetarium mean to me as it connects me to my dad who passed on 35 years ago. I still have postcards and a key fob from the planetarium that I cherish as memories of a simpler time spent with a wonderful father who meant the world and the universe to me .