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Ohio Collects Native American Art, October 20, 2007 - January 6, 2008. This comprehensive exhibition focused on Native American art and artifacts in Ohio collections. Archaeological material, traditional craft items, and contemporary art from Ohio museum, university, and private collections were featured in this unique and rare assemblage of indigenous artwork.


Preserving Traditions of Indonesia in Wayang, August 5 - December 3, 2006. Masks, puppets, and cultural artifacts from the CMNH Cultural Anthropology collection were chosen to reflect the history and tradition of Indonesian theater.

Dinosaurs Across America: Cartoons of Phil Yeh, April 8 - August 20, 2006 An exhibition of 36 light-hearted original oil paintings by artist and illustrator Phil Yeh, featuring dinosaurs attempting to avoid extinction.

Viktor Schreckengost: National Centennial Exhibition, March 18 - July 9, 2006. As part of a series of over 100 exhibits across the U.S. celebrating Viktor Schreckengost’s 100th birthday, this exhibition at CMNH features original sculptures, paintings and sketches with animal themes.

What’s New? Recent Acquisitions at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, November 12, 2005 - April 15, 2006. Highlighting the diversity of objects recently added to the over 5 million objects held in the CMNH collections through donations and active research projects, from a Cherokee peace pipe to jars of salamanders and frogs, visitors learned about ongoing science initiatives and the goals of museum collections.

Glacial Erratica: Art of Charles Herndon, September 17, 2005 - March 5, 2006. More than 35 original stone sculptures, 10 paintings, and 24 photographs highlighted both the artist’s vision and the natural history of Kelleys Island.

Splendid Specks: The Art of Micromounting, July 30 - August 21, 2005. Eighteen large format photographic images of microminerals and a selection of these tiny specimens were featured in the exhibition about this little-known hobby. The exhibit was produced in collaboration with the Museum’s Micromineral Society.

Resources: Steel, Rubber, Coal and Salt, June 11 - August 21, 2005. The juried exhibition featured 56 original artworks from 36 contemporary artists, many of whom were members of the Society of Northern American Goldsmiths. Artwork in the exhibit incorporated materials associated with Northeast Ohio resources and industry.

Digging the Mystery: Photographs from the Danbury Site, April 2005 - June 2006. Over 50 photographs taken by Museum photographer Liz Russell, along with excavation tools and artifacts from the site composed a narrative exhibit on the process involved in archaeological field research.

Theodatus Garlick: Father of American Fish Culture, March 12 - April 30, 2005. Produced in collaboration with the Museum’s Trout Club, historical artifacts and photographs focused on the life and accomplishments of Dr. Theodatus Garlick, a Victorian era surgeon, sculptor, artist, and naturalist, who was also the first person in America to artificially propagate fish.

Balto: 80th Anniversary of the 1925 Serum Run, January 29 - May 8, 2005. The star of this exhibition was the lead dog of the final sled team that raced through hurricane-force winds and temperatures of 50 degrees below zero to get 300,000 units of serum to the diphtheria stricken town of Nome, Alaska. The taxidermy mount of Balto was displayed along with historical photographs, newspaper accounts, memorabilia, and archival newsreel film.

Landscapes Along the Canadian Shield, January 14 - March 20, 2005. The Canadian Shield is the largest physiographic region of Canada, stretching from the Great Lakes to the Arctic Ocean. From 2001-2004, Brant Gebhart created this portfolio of acrylic paintings as he sailed along the shores of Lake Huron, stopping at different sites in Ontario, Canada.

Study in White: Polar Bears of Churchill Manitoba, December 2004 - March 6, 2005. This exhibition of 19 black and white photographs taken by Dr. Steven Sorin, documented the life of polar bears in the harsh tundra environment around Churchill, Manitoba, on the southern shore of the Hudson Bay.

E. A. Seguy’s Insects, August 14 - October 31, 2004. Drawn from the Museum’s fine arts collection, this exhibition featured beautiful and unusual, Art Nouveau, gouache paintings of insect species by Eugene Alain Seguy, one of the foremost French designers at the beginning of the 20th century.

Senenkunya: Many Voices, One Family, March 13 - August 29, 2004. “Senenkunya,” a Malian tradition bridging the gap between gender, social status, and ethnicity, came to life through this unique exhibition. Over 100 artifacts, along with photographs, murals, video footage, and simulated structures, introduced visitors to the people, places, and sounds of West and Central Africa. A separate section of this comprehensive exhibit highlighted the life and accomplishments of Dr. William Harper, who worked as a United Nations diplomat in Africa and collected many of the artifacts on exhibit. A native Clevelander and proud product of the public school system, the exhibition was Dr Harper’s gift to his hometown.

Beyond Timbuktu: Images of Mali, March 13 - August 29, 2004. Taken during a 17-day journey to Mali in January 2002 by Peggy Turbett, The Plain Dealer’s Features Picture Editor, this collection of photographs captures the daily rhythm of the proud and vibrant people living in the rural villages and ancient outposts of this West African nation.


Mother Goose Math, Summer 2002. Designed in-house and fabricated by an approved contractor this exhibition debuted in Cleveland and to traveled to children’s museums across the U.S. The exhibit used nursery rhymes as the whimsical setting for 11 interactive stations that provided an introduction to elementary math concepts.

Big Red Barn, Spring 2002. Inspired by Margaret Wise Brown's classic children's book, the permanent exhibit space was specifically designed with hands-on activities for children up to age 4, encouraging individual and interactive play.

Kids Campout, February - April 2002. This big backyard complete with a fishing hole, kid-sized camper, pup tents, charcoal grill, and lawn chairs was designed as a portable camp-site and activity center for Children’s Museum Staff to take on-the-road.

Safari Sand, Fall 2001 - Winter 2002. This exhibit presented the wildlife of the East African plains and life in a traditional Dinka village in 2,500 square feet filled with 75 tons of sand. Experiences encouraged individual and cooperative play, and reinforced alphabet, vocabulary, and reading skills.

Tool Town, Summer 2001. Children learned about simple machines and applied basic scientific principles in this busy “town” full of people at work. Kids could play cooperatively or independently at various stations incorporating a diverse group of professions from construction to cosmetology, and featuring the simple machines employed in each job.


Common Threads: Textiles from the Permanent Collection, Winter - Spring 2001. Drawing upon the wealth of diversity in the Museum’s costume and decorative arts collections, artifacts ranging from basketry to prom dresses, and coverlets to bloomers, were selected to illustrate the colorful nature and history of textiles in our human experience.

Gibbs Manufacturing Company, Toy Store and Dressmaker’s Shop, February 2001. Working with an architect and donor family on the construction plans, I developed, designed, and installed the interior exhibits in three new life-size buildings in the Museum’s historic Street of Shops.

Victorian Vignettes: The Saxton House and Other Regional Reflections by Diane Belfiglio, November 2000 - February 2001 This exhibition was both a comprehensive retrospective of artist Diane Belfiglio’s architectural paintings and a showcase for her new series of “Victorian Vignettes” featuring the historic Saxton House, home to Ida Saxton McKinley.

McKinley and Bryan: The Presidential Campaign of 1900, Summer and Fall 2000. Highlighting another contentious election-year battle between William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan, this exhibition featured campaign posters, buttons, and notable propaganda along with historic photographs and news accounts of the time.

The Photos of Taylor Matthews, February - May, 2000. From the 1930s to the mid 1970s Taylor Matthews served as the photographer of choice for the African-American community in Canton, Ohio. This exhibition offered an intimate and personal look at people and places that otherwise might have been forgotten in Canton’s annals of local history.

100th Anniversary of the Aultman Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, Spring and Summer 2000. Historic nursing uniforms from the Twentieth Century were featured along with photographs, artifacts and personal narratives from graduates of the Aultman School of Nursing.

Antique Valentines, January - March 2000. An assortment of Victorian Valentines from the Museum’s library collection was highlighted with reproductions of contemporary love letters written during the Civil War, and an example of correspondence from President McKinley to his wife Ida.

For Liberty and Union: Stark County and the American Civil War, November 1999 - March 2000. This exhibition used artifacts, photographs, personal narratives, and a life-size campsite reconstruction to bring the Civil War conflict to life.

Grand Pressigny Neolithic Flint Cores, December 1999. A representative sample from a collection of over 100 Levallois flint cores offered an introduction to basic archaeological methods and Neolithic life ways.

Antique Patterned Glassware, Fall 1999. Rare and beautiful examples of this Victorian era tableware were featured in this exhibition from the Museum’s permanent collection, highlighted by an unparalleled assemblage of pieces from the Canton Glass Company’s “Jumbo” pattern, named for Barnum’s famous elephant.

150th Anniversary of the Canton City Health Department, Fall 1999. Retrospective exhibit of photographs and artifacts outlining the history of public health in the city, beginning in the mid 1800s, through crises like the influenza and polio epidemics, up to the modern day mission of the CCHD.