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Going, Going, Gone? Endangered and Extinct Species

On Exhibit July 2, 2014 - April 26, 2015
Ohio History Center, Columbus

Marking the 100th anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon, the Ohio History Connection will open the exhibit Going, Going, Gone? Endangered and Extinct Species at the Ohio History Center on July 2, 2014. 

Explore How Species Go From Enormously Large Populations to the Brink of Extinction

The exhibit will explore how species go from enormously large populations to the brink of extinction or cease to exist altogether. It will feature one of the last known wild passenger pigeons, Buttons, who was found in Ohio and is a part of the Ohio History Connection’s permanent collection.

“There was a time when there were so many passenger pigeons that they would blacken the daytime sky according to 19th-century accounts,” says Ohio History Connection Curator David Dyer. 

“It’s nearly impossible for people to imagine that a species once as prolific as the passenger pigeon no longer exists. But it did exist and now it doesn’t, and we all have lessons to learn from its extinction.”

Visit the new exhibit starting July 2 and learn not just about extinction, but also about species that are endangered and, equally important, about what we can do to ensure their future existence. 

“While we live in Ohio, our actions today have a global footprint,” Dyer says. 

To illustrate, the exhibit will also feature an elephant tusk from Africa, a polar-bear hide and more. The exhibit will conclude with a section on what we can do in our daily lives to reduce greenhouse gases, reduce pollution and help prevent the extinction of currently rare species.

Planning Your Visit

Going, Going, Gone? Endangered and Extinct Species opens at the Ohio History Center museum in Columbus on July 2, 2014, and continues through April 26, 2015. Museum admission is $10, $9/age 60+, $5/ages 6–12 and Free/age 5 and under. Ohio History Connection members enjoy free admission. For more information, call 800.686.6124.

Special thanks to our partners, The Ohio State University Museum of Biological Diversity, COSI and the Columbus Zoo.