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McKissick Museum nature series continues June 15

McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina will present an outdoor lecture Tuesday, June 15, by naturalist Rudy Mancke, who will discuss the natural world of summer.

“The Nature of Things” series features public lectures and events in conjunction with the vernal and autumnal equinoxes and the summer and winter solstices.

Mancke’s talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place at noon on the patio in front of McKissick Museum on the university’s historic Horseshoe. The public is encouraged to bring items -- but not live animals -- for Mancke to review and discuss. People may bring a bag lunch; McKissick Museum will supply soft drinks and water.

Guest curator of natural history at McKissick Museum, Mancke teaches courses on natural history at the university.

He is best known for producing and appearing in SC-ETV’s “NatureScene,” a nationally syndicated television program on which he appeared for 25 years.

McKissick Museum is known for its natural-history holdings and for the permanent exhibit, “Natural Curiosity: USC and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry into the Natural World,” which it opened in late 2007. “Natural Curiosity” explores man’s relationship with the natural world through the process of collecting and displaying natural specimens and artifacts. The exhibit covers 1,200 square feet and houses more than 1,000 specimens that have been gathered during the university’s more than 200 years of history.

McKissick Museum is located on the university’s historic Horseshoe, with parking available in the university parking garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All McKissick exhibits are free and open to the public. The museum is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturdays; it is closed on Sundays and holidays.

For more information about McKissick Museum, visit, or call 803-777-7251.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 05/18/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 06/18/10 @ 5:26 PM | Permalink

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