Elgin Dinosaurs

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Press conference, August 24

Yesterday, Dr. Paul Sereno held a press conference at the library.

Dinosaurs are up at Gail Borden, by Janelle Walker. Courier News (Elgin, Ill.), Thursday, August 25, 2005.
"'In my head, I see the dinosaurs walking out of pages in a book,' Sereno said Wednesday as officials, library staff and reporters got their first glimpse of the dinosaurs now gracing the 2-year-old library. A total of six full-sized dinosaur [and one reptile] skeletons [from Africa] were assembled in the library over the weekend. ... The Gail Borden exhibit puts them all together for the first time. ...

Although the dinosaurs and other displays are in place, signs explaining the bones and other pieces have not yet been installed. Volunteers are not set to receive docent training until next week. The official opening of the exhibit is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 6, and it will remain at the library through Jan. 2. [So far], 182 organizations representing nearly 10,000 people have signed up for group tours. A total of 175 people have volunteered either as docents who will lead the tours or to work in the new gift shop or with installation of the exhibit." [More]

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Sunday, August 21

More photos from Sunday's exhibit installation. (Thanks to Patrick for providing many of the photos.)

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Saturday overview

An overview of Saturday: Assembling Jobaria.

The rest of the Saturday pictures are in the Flickr gallery.

Short update

Short update:

On Sunday, the fleshy pterosaur model and the pterosaur skeleton, as well as a smaller Jobaria exhibit (neck only) were installed. On Monday, while the library was open for business, Suchomimus was installed next to the Adult Services information desk and Deltadromeus was put in the Young Adult area. Lots of little kids and big kids (and adults) ooh'd and aah'd at Jobaria. Later today is the installation of Afrovenator in the Youth Department. The exhibit officially opens on Tuesday, September 6.

Photos of Sunday's and Monday's proceedings will be posted late tonight or tomorrow.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Daily Herald, 21 August

Daily Herald, 21 August 2005.

"Dino is here. Chris Robinson with Project Exploration, puts the thorax, right, onto Jobaria, a 33-foot tall and 60-foot long dinosaur replica in Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. The exhibit featuring Jobaria is open to the public next month. See story on Page 3." [George Leclair/Daily Herald]

"Chris Robinson, with Project Exploration, top, makes a minor repair to Jobaria, a dinosaur replica in Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. The nonmeat-eating Jobaria has a very small head and a brain the size of a walnut. Robinson is helped by Ted Sitting Bull Garner." [George Leclaire/Daily Herald]

Courier News, August 21

Courier News (Elgin, Ill.), 21 August 2005. [Scott Bort/Special to the Courier News]

Sunday, August 21, 2005

August 20: Assembling Jobaria

Yesterday (Saturday the 20th), Project Exploration staff assembled the 33-foot-tall Jobaria replica in the library lobby. Library volunteers helped with unpacking and setup. The library was closed for the occasion, but library staff and families showed up mid-day to watch. Tons o' photos here. (Thanks to Patrick Malia for about half of them.)

The rest of the exhibit will be assembled over the next few days.