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Re: Save the University of Wyoming Geological Museum
(Disclaimer, I know and like Brent Breithaupt and sincerely regret the loss
of jobs for so many people worldwide.)
I am skeptical that signing or circulating a petition will do anything to
stop the closing of the museum and the loss of two jobs. No remedy or
alternative is provided in the petition.
What is the job description for Geological Museum Director? Since there
is already a Collections Manager and a Curator, according to Kelli's email
below, what skills, responsibilities and duties is Brent providing that
are unique, critical and not redundant to the duties of the present
collections manager and curator? On the Geological Museum's website, Brent is
described as Director and Curator.
--- On Tue, 6/9/09, Kelli Trujillo <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 12:39 PM
> No, Brent is the Director of the Geological Museum, Mike
> Cassiliano is the Collections Manager, and Mark Clementz is
> the Curator. Brent's position is the one that has been
> eliminated (and his part-time secretary).
As someone else asked, what is the museum receiving in charitable gifts
and donations? Since it's a free museum and evidently not self-supporting,
being funded by the university puts it on the firing line when the budget is
cut. Are requests for grants being made? I don't see it listed on
GuideStar. What are the yearly attendance figures at the museum? What are
profits from the website giftshop?
Does the Geological Museum not get a percentage from the sale of casts
from its Apatosaurus?
"Currently, staffers are working on an apatosaurus dinosaur fossil that's
80 feet long. It contains more than 400 bones. The apatosaurus - formerly
brontosaurus - was displayed at the University of Wyoming Geological Museum
for almost 50 years. Triebold Paleontology is restoring the fossil,
cleaning it and then remounting it for the museum. It also is creating a cast
replica that will sell for $175,000."
At least one cast has been sold, to the Tellus Museum in Georgia. Were
exclusive casting rights and profits given away in exchange for the remount of
the original? A percentage of the sale from each cast could help the
museum be(come) self-sustaining.
Christy Walton, one of the world's richest women, lives in Jackson,
Wyoming. Someone should (have) contacted her foundation.
Charge admission to the museum.
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