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Release: Aug. 16, 1999

UI Museum of Natural History holds Aug. 21 talk, opens two new exhibits

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will hold a program for children and adults titled "Native Plant Use" by teacher and naturalist Chris Fowler from 1- 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 in Iowa Hall on the first floor of Macbride Hall. Also, in recognition of Iowa Archaeology Month, the museum will open two new exhibits on the same day.

Program Coordinator David Brenzel says that Fowler will demonstrate several traditional uses of native plants, including the construction of bark baskets, buckets and rope. At the conclusion of the lecture and demonstration, children will be invited to make a necklace or bracelet from bark cord and other natural materials. Fowler, who graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City with a degree in biology and plant studies, served as a teacher-naturalist at Unicoi State Park in northern Georgia and at the Blue Ridge Environmental Education Center in Taccoa, Ga., where he learned the crafts of woodland Native Americans.

Visitors to the lobby of Iowa Hall beginning Aug. 21 will be able to view a new temporary exhibit, "The Search for John Gilbert," displaying the results of the search for the lost site of the first trading post in Johnson County. The exhibit was developed by the Heritage Museum of Johnson County with assistance from Cindy Peterson, Office of the State Archaeologist; the State Historical Society of Iowa; and Armadillo Arts of Iowa City.

Also, a new permanent exhibit on the ground floor of Macbride Hall features a collection of Native American tools found in Tama County by James Loren Kallam, a 1903 UI pharmacy graduate. Kallam collected the tools in the early 1890s.

The program and exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information, call David Brenzel, program coordinator, at 335-0482.