Working with a team of State Museum staff led by Chief Curator Dr. Bill Sisson, SUNY-Geneseo undergraduate intern Kathleen Quinlan researched, scripted, and helped to design three exhibit displays collectively titled “Nature Matters: You Can Make a Difference.
The three displays interpret the lives and accomplishments of Rachel Carson, Ned Smith, and Graham Netting. Kathleen researched various sources, including books, articles, images, and the Internet. She conducted an oral history interview with Graham Netting’s daughter as part of her research. She also tracked down and gained permission to use multiple images for each display. She drafted exhibit scripts and worked with State Museum designers to design scale-model mock-ups of the displays.
In addition, she made presentations about her work, presenting one of the mock-ups to the board of directors of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, a partner institution of the State Museum. Her work has resulted in completed scripts and complete plans for each of the three displays. Using these products, the State Museum plans to construct and install “Nature Matters” in its third floor “Ecology Hall” in early 2008.