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Mammoth sculptures in the museum' native plant courtyard

Welcome to the first digital version of Fieldnotes, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s annual newsletter. In publication for more than 35 years, Fieldnotes opens a window on the inner workings of the museum—taking readers into the labs, out to the field, and through our collections vaults, where University of Oregon students, faculty, and staff are investigating key questions about Earth’s ecosystems and collective heritage.

Whether you’re a longtime friend or new to the museum, we hope you’ll enjoy this roundup of behind-the-scenes stories. 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
January 2020

DIRECTIONS
A MUSEUM IN MOTION
Jon Erlandson, Executive Director

ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH
ANCIENT ARTIFACTS, FRESH CLUES: Research Insights from the Collections Vault
Tom Connolly, Director of Archaeological Research

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Projectile Point Helps Illuminate a Chapter of Oregon’s Past
Kristin Strommer, Director of Communications and Marketing

PALEONTOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS + RESEARCH
JOURNEY TO THE DAWN OF SNOWBALL EARTH 
Greg Retallack, Director of the Condon Fossil Collection

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: Time Travel with Barry Hughes
Andrea Willingham, Communications Specialist

ANTHROPOLOGICAL COLLECTIONS
DIGITAL JOURNEYS INTO THE COLLECTIONS VAULT
Pamela Endzweig, Director of Anthropological Collections

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT: Ancient Footwear Dating Project
Pamela Endzweig, Director of Anthropological Collections

EXHIBITIONS + PUBLIC PROGRAMS
MUSEUMS AS INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE
Ann Craig, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs

MUSEUM ADVISORY COUNCIL: MAC on the Move
Kristin Strommer, Director of Communications and Marketing

OREGON FOLKLIFE NETWORK
A NEW DIVISION TAKES ROOT AT THE MUSEUM
Emily Hartlerode, Associate Director of Oregon Folklife Network

and Riki Saltzman, Executive Director of Oregon Folklife Network

OFN: Stories From the Field 
Joseph O’Connell, OFN Contract Folklorist and
Douglas Manger, Heritage Works

IN GRATITUDE
THE DON E. AND CAROL STEICHEN DUMOND MNCH ENDOWED SUPPORT FUND
Erin Hart, Senior Associate Director of Development

SANDAL SOCIETY: The Votes Are In
Kristin Strommer, Director of Communications and Marketing 

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