The Arkansas Humanities Council is pleased to announce an exciting new permanent exhibit at the Museum of Discovery. The exhibit highlights the legacy of Julia “Bernie” Babcock, founder of the Museum of Discovery. The original museum was located in a storefront on Main Street in downtown Little Rock. Founded in 1927, the Arkansas Museum of Natural Science and Antiquities was popular with Arkansans of all ages as it is today.
The exhibit showcases Ms. Babcock’s work as a writer and director of this cultural institution, as well as, exhibiting some of the artifacts procured throughout the years. It’s a fabulous addition to an already wonderful museum. Reception was hosted by Kelley Bass, Director of the Museum of Discovery. Guests included Meg Lankford and Jenny Holmes, great, great, granddaughters of Bernie Babcock. Both third-grade teachers, Meg teaches at Jefferson Elementary School and Jenny at Forest Park Elementary School.
Also in attendance were Representative Warwick Sabin and Jessica DeLoach Sabin, Paul Austin, Executive Director and Jama Best, Senior Program Officer with the Arkansas Humanities Council, Nan Selz, former Director of the Museum of Discovery, among others. A special thanks to Mia Stark, Chief Operating Officer and Project Director for the exhibit, Brad Jordan, Collections Manager, Josh Arnett, Exhibits and Facilities Director, Kevin Delaney, Director of Visitor Experience, and Brooke Bridges, Development Officer for all your hard work in making this exhibit possible.
For more information or to plan a visit, go to the Museum of Discovery website at museumofdiscovery.org
and make plans to visit today!
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
Kelley Bass, Director of the Museum of Discovery welcoming guests and Paul Austin, Executive Director, Arkansas Humanities Council who spoke of the importance of the humanities as exemplified by the timeline exhibit featuring the Julia “Bernie” Babcock, founder of the museum and its history.
Ribbon cutting ceremony of the new permanent exhibit featuring Julia “Bernie” Babcock, founder of the Museum of Discovery and its history. Those participating in the ribbon cutting were Mia Stark and Brad Jordan, Museum of Discovery and Paul Austin and Jama Best, Arkansas Humanities Council.
Special guests to the opening of Julia “Bernie” Babcock timeline exhibit at the Museum of Discovery were Meg Lankford and Jenny Holmes, great, great, granddaughters of Bernie Babcock. Both third-grade teachers, Meg teaches at Jefferson Elementary School and Jenny at Forest Park Elementary School.