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Stuffing Birds, Pressing Plants, Shaping Knowledge

Sue Ann Prince
cover of stuffing birds book
Transactions of the American Philosophical Society
Volume 93, Part 4

This catalog represents the 2003-2004 exhibition from the APS Museum. The exhibit focused on the blending of art & science in the study of natural history in North America. It explored the cultural assumptions that governed the practice of natural history on the North American continent in the 18th & early 19th centuries. Focusing on the study of living thingsplants, animals, & indigenous peoplesit looked at how and why Euro-Americans of the Enlightenment & post-Enlightenment periods went about explaining the world the way they did. The exhibition featured historical specimens, manuscript materials, first-edition books, & art work.