Behind the scenes: Museum fossil gets TLC from Friends

     On Aug. 11, several Friends volunteered in the safe transfer of a valuable ichthyosaur fossil from one museum storage location to another.

     Curator of Natural History Sali Underwood, center, directs Robert Riemer, at left, and Wayne Pichler in the delicate operation.

     The ichthyosaur is an extinct sea reptile. It is Nevada’s state fossil.  “Ichthyosaur” is Greek for “fish lizard.”

      Volunteerism is part of the mission of the Friends of Nevada State Museum Las Vegas. Some Friends are helping to assemble a herbarium that emphasizes plant species which serve as host plants for Nevada butterflies and moths. Other volunteers are transcribing the museum library’s index cards to create a digital card catalogue. One volunteer has been working with the museum’s guest curator of textiles and costuming to preserve and display stage costumes from Las Vegas casino shows.

     At various public events many Friends have staffed information tables to spread the word on both the state museum and the Friends.