Cambridge Science Festival 2021

Jurassic Roadshow is proud to participate once again in the Cambridge Science Festival! Our exhibit will run here from April 1 to April 30.

At the top right of this post, you will see CSF Showcase: Welcome!, CSF Showcase Videos #1, and CSF Showcase Videos #2, which together constitute our offering. New blog posts will be added throughout the month, too, so please check back if you’re interested.

You may also want to see the longer videos from last December’s Zoom Jurassic Roadshow, which included talks by Paul Olsen, Steve Gatesy and Morgan Turner, Patrick Getty, and Steve Winters, as well as our Track Pack members Will Sillin, Harry Sharbaugh, Mark Agostini, and Ed Gregory.

This year, like so much else, the CSF is on line rather than the exuberant in-person event it usually is, but the crew at MIT has managed to make it exciting, nevertheless. Be sure to check out the CSF’s other exhibits. There will be new activities and themes every day to the end of April.

Our exhibit this year honors two colleagues who passed away, Kornell Nash and Robert Herbert. Each contributed greatly to our knowledge of fossil dinosaur footprints and their history in the region, and both men are greatly missed.

Kornell Nash (1954-2019) operated Nash Dinosaur Footprints in Granby, MA, for many years. He was knowledgeable about dinosaur footprints and became interested in the 19th-century history of their discovery. He researched the Moody family, especially Pliny Moody, who was the first person on record to come across fossil footprints in the Connecticut River Valley, around 1801. His papers–and those of the family dinosaur footprint business–are now in the collection of the Amherst College Archives. Kornell was a kind and generous friend to Jurassic Roadshow and is greatly missed.

Bob Herbert (1929-2020) was a renowned art historian who taught at Yale for many years and then at Mount Holyoke College. In retirement, he became interested in the 19th-century scientific illustrator Orra White Hitchcock, then turned his attentions to Orra’s husband, Edward. A humble-servant kind of scholar, he transcribed the extensive correspondence between Hitchcock and Yale’s Benjamin Silliman. Were it not for Bob’s efforts, we would know little of important but obscure contributors to the discovery of dinosaur footprints: Dexter Marsh, Roswell Field, and James Deane. At right, he identifies Roswell Field as the mystery man in a portrait at the Northfield Farms Library, MA.

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