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Smithsonian Marks 30th Anniversary of African Elephant Conservation Act With Opening of “Elephants and Us: Considering Extinction”

Media Invited for Open House at National Museum of American History
October 28, 2019
A group of elephants walk together in a black and white photograph
WHAT: Timed with the 30th anniversary of the African Elephant Conservation Act of 1988-89, the National Museum of American History will open a new exhibition, “Elephants and Us: Considering Extinction.” Members of the press are invited for a media open house to view the exhibition before it opens Nov. 1.
 
WHEN:   Wednesday, Oct. 30
                10 a.m.–noon
 
WHERE: Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
                Madison Drive entrance, between 12th and 14th streets N.W.
                Albert H. Small Documents Gallery, second floor east
 
WHO:     Carlene Stephens, curator, National Museum of American History
                Kristen Frederick-Frost, curator, National Museum of American History
                Kenneth Cohen, curator, National Museum of American History
                Claire Jerry, curator, National Museum of American History
                Marshall Jones, senior programs advisor, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and
                Conservation Biology Institute
 
“Elephants and Us: Considering Extinction” charts the role of the U.S. in ivory consumption and the decline in elephant populations, as well as the American effort to combat the species’ loss through legislation, conservation and scientific study.
 
Artifacts in the exhibit range from an intricate ivory comb associated with First Ladies Abigail and Louisa Adams and mass-produced billiard balls from the late 19th century to an elephant enrichment toy and GPS collar from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. For more information, view the press release.
 
Note: Media may RSVP by emailing Laura Duff at duffl@si.edu.
 
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