Friday, June 17, 2016

Summary of Chapter 3

O.C. Marsh was the son of Caleb and Mary Peabody Marsh. He grew up as a farm boy in Lockport, New York. After he turned 24, he received $1,200 from his uncle, George Peabody, and was pushed to enroll in the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. After Marsh's sister Mary died, Marsh decided he would be serious about the course of his life. Peabody himself never got the chance to get an education. Instead, he spent his life helping not only his family, but whole communities get educations.
George Peabody worked hard his whole life and lived modestly. Eventually, he earned a fortune estimated at $20 million. He donated the majority of his fortune in his later years. Peabody had little support for science and it seems like it was almost entirely O.C. Marsh's idea. Overall he donated about $9 million to science.

Summary of the article

The Peabody recently hosted an event that showcased a new exhibit: "Treasures of the Peabody: 150 Years of Exploration and Discovery" This exhibit contained objects from 150 years of the Peabody's existence. The objects in the exhibit are not only supposed to show off some of the items that the public hasn't seen of the Peabody's 13 million piece collections but show how the museum has contributed to the science world over the years. Items were chosen from each of the 10 collections.
Within the collections, there are artifacts and items that show evidence of evolution, biodiversity and answer other scientific questions. Even after 150 years, scientists at the Peabody still conduct research. For example, the Peabody's invertebrate paleontologists still dig up fossils but now they also go into the lab and do an advanced 3-D processing of CT-scanned data to pull things from fossils that people weren't able to before. Some believe the new exhibit isn't just to celebrate the museum's past but to show how the Peabody can contribute to the next 150 years of scientific education.

The history of O.C. Marsh is important to Peabody Museum history. Why?

The history of O.C. Marsh is important to the Peabody's history because Marsh's studies are what started the Peabody's collections. How he got to be the man he was helps us to understand why he did what he did.

The article and Conniff's book have different styles of writing. Compared to Hill's narration of Peabody's 150th anniversary, how does Richard Conniff's style of writing effect the retelling of Peabody History/Marsh's story? 

Richard Coniff's writing style effects the telling of the Peabody's history and Marsh's story. His writing is more in depth and detailed. It also tells more about how everything came to be instead of speaking more about the finished product.

What does Darwinian mean and how does this add to the history of O.C. Marsh that you just read?

Darwinian means someone who believes in Darwin's theory of evolution. This is important to the history of O.C. Marsh because Marsh was a Darwinian himself. As a Darwinian, it's likely that's what drove him to go out and find fossils and other specimen.

1 comment:

  1. I like how your summaries were short and right to the point while still giving lots of important and valuable information.