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Wednesday, July 17, 2002


Page Museum - 25th Anniversary

Last Sunday we loaded up the car and headed down to museum row along Wilshire Boulevard. The Page Museum, was celebrating its 25th year of collecting and studying the artifacts of the La Brea Tarpits.

Although we didn't visit the museum itself on this trip, there was plenty to see and do in the (recently refurbished) park that surrounds the Page Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (LACMA). Several booths offered kid-related activities, such as touching a reproduction of a complete saber-tooth cat skeleton, rubbing and rubber stamping crafts, a kid-sized, walk-though board game and even giveaways and a limbo contest care of Radio Disney.

There were speeches from local council people, a steel drum band and a short talk, with Discovery Channel host Nigel Marven of Nigel's Wild Wild World. He brought along 3 ancestors of the animals that once prowled the area of the ta rpits including a timber wolf, red-tailed hawk and an adult mountain lion.

Pit 91, the main excavation site at the tar pits was open and you could watch workers dislodging bones from the tar while volunteers answered questions in the observation gallery.

Even though the day was quite hot, we had a grand time exploring all the activities and stepping back in time thousands of years.


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