Darwin Day at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum

by Greg Mayer

If you’ll be in or near southeastern Wisconsin on this coming Sunday (instead of being on your way to New Orleans), you’ll want to visit the Dinosaur Discovery Museum in Kenosha (5608 Tenth Avenue,  Kenosha, WI 53140, 262-653-4450) for their Darwin Day event.

Darwin Day

Sunday, February 10, 2013; 1-4pm

An international celebration of science and humanity recognizing the birthday of the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Darwin. Explore the discoveries and life of Charles Darwin, the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection. Learn about his research on natural selection, participate in discussions on evolution, and explore the Museum as an evolutionary biologist. Family crafts and hands-on fun throughout the afternoon.

Do you have a fossil or interesting rock you want to learn more about? Bring it in and have it looked at by a paleontologist.

Darwin in Obama-style poster

An image being used in the Museum’s promotional materials for the event.

My colleagues Drs. Chris Noto and Summer Ostrowski will be there, and I’m going to try to stop by. The Museum is home to the Carthage College Institute of Paleontology, headed by Dr. Thomas Carr.


  1. gbjames
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    I’m going to try to hop down to Kenosha on Sunday!

  2. Veroxitatis
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    I wonder what they’re planning at the Kentucky Creation Museum?

    • gbjames
      Posted February 8, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

      Probably a witch burning.

  3. Charles Jones
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Ha! I’m getting that t-shirt from Zazzle.

    • gluonspring
      Posted February 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

      I wish they had a version that said “accept”

      • ForCarl
        Posted February 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

        I agree. Enough of tying evolution to some sort of “belief”. Guess in their haste to copy the Obama slogan, they didn’t think about that.

  4. krzysztof1
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    We should hear more about places like this and less about the Cretin [excuse me, CREATION] Museum!

  5. aspidoscelis
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    From what I can tell, Obama is a gradualist as well. 🙂 Good things happen with him as president but oh-so-gradually…

  6. Posted February 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jerry (and readers), I’m the creator of that Darwin image. I made it in 2009 around the time of the Darwin 200th birthday celebration. It’s been for sale on various merchandise on Zazzle for almost 4 years now. All of the profits have been (and continue to be) donated to the NCSE. So far this dumb little Shepard Fairey knock-off has raised $11,000 for NCSE. Yes, the slogan is not perfect but I could not pass up the opportunity to reference Obama’s 2008 “change we can believe in” campaign slogan.

  7. Debunzo
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Do be careful if you come to Kenosha on Sunday – freezing rain is predicted and the roads could be a mess.

    • gbjames
      Posted February 10, 2013 at 7:21 am | Permalink

      Up here in Milwaukee it looks like we’re going to get no freezing rain. And Kenosha should be just rain by noon. So… Dinosaurs, here I come!

  8. BigBob
    Posted February 9, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Birmingham University (UK) are marking Darwin Day with a seminar … about Erasmus. Srsly.
    Bob(search me)

  9. gbjames
    Posted February 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Having just returned from my visit to the Dinosaur Museum in Kenosha, I can report that it is a marvelous little gem of a museum. The Darwin Day festivities were going great, and I learned a great deal from Dr. Noto. And admission was free!

    Do take the time to visit if you find yourself in the area.


  10. marksolock
    Posted February 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Mark Solock Blog.

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