The Florida Museum of Natural History UF Campus A native learns more of my home

Preservation of the past is one of many purposes of the many museums in the world. Preservation of the past if not achieved by the museum, then by who? History would slip through our fingers. For sure if there were not hundreds of people working toward this one goal, then the rest of the population and the population to come would be clueless to specifics of the past. And then allowing a public space for all to viewing. To allow everyone to share the knowledge that few were able to piece together. Many factors contribute to the very existence of a museum. We must appreciate its worth.

The quote I found displayed in the Florida Museum of Natural History, FMNH, alongside many other quotes. I particularly liked this quote, because it relates to the spirit of the world and the history of the present and the future. The FMNH shares what we know of the past, but the quote reminds us of the history of right now. At the moment we may feel that we are in a rut and how our schooling seems to go on forever. And by the quote, we are reminded that everyday and every moment Florida history, USA history, world history, and your history is continuing. And history will continue and will be collected and appreciated long after we are gone. This thought is humbling and exciting that the world will hopefully never forget the generations and generations of its inhabitants and their impact. During our time at he museum I felt as if i was back in time learning things about the land, people, and time that may have been unknown the people of the time preserved.

The people of the time, the Calusa, know known as the Seminoles.
Left, the Columbian Mammoth. Middle, jaws and teeth of massive prehistoric sharks. Right, the American Mastodon.

The nature displayed at the FMNH was jaw dropping to me. Its amazing that mammals and fish existed one day of this size. The children were just as shocked as I was to see something of that size. I enjoyed the skeletons that were on display the most, because of the effort to piece these animals back to original form. Before they could be pieced together they had to be found. To be found and also understood as something rare and important to then be pursued. The effort that went into these displays shows the dedication and persistence of the scientists. I've seen pictures of these skeletons before in my history books, but it is a different learning experience to see them in person. Similar to the children who's teachers and parents surely have told them or showed them pictures of these skeleton before they saw them themselves. Even after being introduced beforehand, we were shocked and inspired. I had visited the museum before as a child and saw the same displays. And now again as an adult. The experience is quite different and that's what I enjoyed about the display.

The display of the early inhabitants of Florida and their lifestyle.

Its a strange feeling to learn how people lived during their lifetime, but those same people are gone and their ancestors are sparse. At the time we did not appreciate Florida for what was here. We used it for its benefits and neglected the parts that were not useful to us at that time. Unethical in the beginning, but now the museum commemorates the native inhabitants of Florida before anyone destroyed their way of life. At least now everyone is able to learn of them and their history. Appreciate their way of life and preserve the artifacts they once used. In the past we did not appreciate the land and the people, but now we recognize our consequences and we are doing something about it. Although it could never be enough, little by little we can work towards redemption.

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