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Hoot the Owl – back story

1/25/2018 We believe that educational outreach is at the center of our exhibitions, so nothing could have excited us more than a letter we received last November when Stacey Stevenson told us the story of “Hoot the Owl.” A children’s … Continue reading

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Outline: Historic Star Atlas Stories

3/28/2018 Video • Slides (PDF, 160MB) • Image Thomas Carlyle spoke for all of us when he lamented… “Why did not somebody teach me the constellations, and make me at home in the starry heavens, which are always overhead, and which … Continue reading

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Interview with Marilyn B. Ogilvie

5/5/2018 Marilyn Ogilvie (portrait by Mike Wimmer) Interview:  Marilyn B. Ogilvie, 2nd Curator of the OU History of Science Collections Location:  Marilyn B. Ogilvie Exploration Room Date:  January 26, 2017; prior to the public unveiling of Marilyn’s portrait in the … Continue reading

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Collaboration Strategies for Educators, Libraries and Museums

1/10/2019 | Download slides (PDF, 25 MB) | On October 13, Brent Purkaple and Kerry Magruder presented a talk articulating our efforts with Lynx Open Ed to the annual meeting of the Southwest Association for Science Teacher Education (SW-ASTE).  The meeting … Continue reading

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Last chance to see amazing rare books in art and astronomy

2019 The current “Art and Astronomy” exhibit will close at 5 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. Examples of treasures on display now, but going off exhibit, include:  Four OU copies of Galileo first editions contain his own handwriting. They include Galileo’s Starry … Continue reading

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Galileo’s World visit plan (Fall 2018)

Watch the introductory video to gain an overall understanding of the exhibit’s setting and theme: Theme:  “Connections.”  Explanation:  Galileo’s World is not about Galileo per se, it’s about his world (accent on the second word rather than the first).  But … Continue reading

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Docent training sessions

Lynx Meetups are a series of docent training sessions, held roughly monthly on Saturday mornings. These meetings are for active docents and for people who are interested in becoming docents. Meetings typically last 90 minutes and include the following emphases: A walk-through of some … Continue reading

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Coloring Parties

A cross between an ancient library, a coffee-house and an old-fashioned literary salon:   Come to color, come to converse, come to listen and to watch.  Coloring pages adapted from the rare books bring all subject area interests together, including science, … Continue reading

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Recovery in progress

ALERT: Links to pages, resources, PDFs and images mostly do not work. The Lynx Open Ed drupal website became corrupted and is now in a process of recovery. I am converting it to a WordPress site called “kerrymagruder.com” — “lynx-open-ed.org” … Continue reading

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An Experiment in Wonder

2019/10/17 Download slides (PDF) | Watch video (Vimeo) We’re grateful to the Missouri Association of Museums and Archives for inviting us to present a luncheon keynote at their annual conference this Saturday, October 19. They expressed interest in the story of the Galileo’s World … Continue reading

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