12,000 specimen donation triples inventory at Northwestern's Museum of Natural History


April 19, 2024

These butterfly specimens are among many other items recently donated to the Northwestern Museum of Natural History.

The items may not be sizable, but their quantity certainly makes up for it. A recent donation of about 12,000 specimens to the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Museum of Natural History from the owners of the Gypsum Hills Nature Museum in Hardtner, Kansas, has tripled the inventory of Oklahoma's second-oldest museum.

The portion of the collection the museum received from Bill and Janet Smith, who recently closed their museum to move to Alaska, deals largely with rocks, beetles, butterflies and moths from Woods County specifically and Oklahoma more broadly.

"This donation is massive and b...

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