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Release: Immediate



WHAT: The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History is completing construction of a 3-dimensional diorama depicting an 1850s Iowa pioneer farmstead and wild turkey habitat. The diorama is part of the larger Bird Hall modernization project, scheduled for completion in December 1999. Funded, in part, by the Iowa State Department of Cultural Affairs' Historical Resources Development Program, the exhibit setting is patterned after the 1850s era farm re-creation at Living History Farms, Des Moines.

Photographers and reporters are invited to visit and photograph the diorama as world-renowned museum artist Neal Deaton and his colleagues put the final pieces into place on the "Iowa Wild Turkey" exhibit.

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10 and Thursday, Feb. 11.

WHERE: Bird Hall, UI Museum of Natural History, Third Floor, Macbride Hall, on the UI Pentacrest.

WHO: For arrangements and additional information, contact: George Schrimper, Museum Director, at, 319-335-0481.