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The Fellows are visionary benefactors and community leaders committed to the Museum’s mission “to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds.” Fellows play a critical role in the support and growth of the Natural History Museum and in its pursuit of excellence in education, exhibitions and research.
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“I'm running late - haven’t even left the Museum yet! I’ve had two more media calls since the last time we spoke. I’m on my way!” Curator of Herpetology Greg Pauly, assured us he was going to make it on time to the Alliance Circle Salon event at Trustee Gregg Martin’s home. Greg was fielding international attention thanks to the discovery of a venomous yellow-bellied sea snake that washed ashore in Ventura County. The snake had been found much further north than ever previously recorded, likely due to the effects of El Niño. When Greg finally did arrive at the Salon, Alliance members were delighted to be among the first to hear about this discovery, straight from the scientific source. Read more about this incredible encounter here.
“I would like to bring back Days of Sunshine. How do I do that?” Jackie, an Alliance Circle member and long-time La Brea Tar Pits volunteer turned NHM Employee, burst into the Annual giving office with a mission. Days of Sunshine was a program that provided free field trips for at-risk youth to the Tar Pits, and included transportation, breakfast, lunch, tours and special programming. It was the first program she volunteered with; when she realized it ran out of funding the previous year, she and her husband decided to bring it back to once again provide at-risk kids the opportunity to experience everything that the La Brea Tar Pits has to offer.
“Go to as many events as you can!” Heather, an NHM Trustee, volunteer, and mother of 9 year old Tate, has been coming to the Museum since she herself was a child and as an adult she continues to enjoy discovering new things. Whether squeezing in a behind the scenes tour with with our Curator of Malacology, dressing up for our annual family-friendly Haunted Museum, or sipping cocktails in a historic location at Taste of History, Fellows always have the opportunity for one-of-a-kind social engagement with the Museum.
“This has been going on a long time, this love affair with the Museum.” Joan, a longtime Director’s Circle level member, is also on the board of the Institute of Human Origins and supported the paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson, famous for discovering in Africa the fossil of “Lucy,” a female hominid australopithecine. It was wonderful, she says, to have the opportunity to sponsor the “Lucy” cast specimen in Age of Mammals as it tied together her enthusiasm for both the Museum and Johanson “in a very real way. "Everything that takes place at NHM is very exciting," she says, "it is like an opening to the world.”
The generosity of the Fellows provides learning experiences for more than one million children and families in our community each year. Annual Fellows support allows more than 200,000 school children to visit the Museum for free and helps 15 scientific departments to conduct important research on biodiversity around the globe. In return, Fellows enjoy fantastic benefits all year long, including exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Museum's collection. Join, renew, or upgrade