discussion of the 6th century nautical adventures of St. Brendan “the Navigator”. I was told by Dr. Hagen that it was a traveling exhibit and the SDNHM was not responsible for the content.
It was probably impolite of me to equate that sentiment to the teacher who allowed Vice-President Dan Quail to correct her student’s correct spelling of “potato” (Quail added an “e” to the end of the word) on the blackboard and the teacher approved Quil’s misspelling. Is it true that a primary purpose of SDNHM is to educate? Or must we perpetuate the mistakes of others??
I do want it known to all that being asked to step down as a volunteer saddens me and I feel the decision has been taken without due process and in a very cold, impersonal bureaucratic manner through email that has not afforded me any opportunity for feedback.
I have personally benefited greatly from the education that has been provided me by many programs at SDNHM. I love sharing that education with visitors and residents of San Diego. I find the camaradarie of volunteers very reqarding.
I do not check my timesheet very often but the last time I did, I had logged something like 1,000 hours and driven over 2,400 miles in about the last three years as a San Diego Natural History Museum volunteer in various capacities. I will miss those activities and the opportunity to interact with other volunteers.
If I have offended any volunteers, it was not my intent to do so and I apologize. I know I do get overly enthusiastic about conveying what little information I have to make the world a better place and to assure people know how to enjoy it in a sustainable manner.
I have staffed every kind of exhibits, including:
The Cool Globes, and Pompeii, and Van Hagen’s Body Worlds, and All That Glitters, and Reptiles and Lizards Alive, and Ends of the Earth.
I have done grunt work like: Glued down floors in the botany library, and Secured the donation of five gallons of Frazee paint and helped in painting the volunteer room, and Organized, filed and cleaned out old field and contract records from the BRCC, and Completed a thorough inventory of all of the art work in the museum, with photographic documentation in an Excel spreadsheet that can be called up by any department on the SDNHM computer network, and Volunteered numerous times in the Education department to fold letters, copy, staple, and stuff envelops and affix address and stamps, and Collected mistletoe and thoroughly enjoyed going out to the Julian area with other Canyoneers, shorting and packaging it, and selling it at the December Nights celebration the last two years.
These activities seem to have gone well and I did not receive any complaints.
I wish you all well and I do hope the mission of SDNHM continues to be: “To interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment.”
Alan Bennett [Home address redacted]
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