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Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (Deerfield, MA 01342-5004)
Timothy C. Neumann (Project Director: August 2014 to present)

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants
Public Programs

[Grant products][Prizes]

$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2015 – 3/31/2018

Impressions from a Lost World

Implementation of a website, programming, and educational materials about the discovery of dinosaur tracks in Massachusetts and Connecticut in the 19th century and its impact on American culture.

"Impressions from a Lost World" website and related public programs will tell the story of the 19th century discovery of dinosaur tracks along the Connecticut River Valley in Massachusetts and Connecticut. The significance of these fossils extended far beyond the emerging scientific community, as they exerted a profound effect upon American arts, religion, and culture that reverberates down to the present day. The broad appeal of dinosaurs will engage a wide audience. The website will use stories of real people to engage visitors to think about relationships between science and religion, amateur vs. professional scientific pursuits and the role of specialization, participation of women in science, and the impact of new scientific ideas on American culture. Website visitors will draw connections of these important humanities themes to current issues. Accompanying public programs will attract diverse audiences and build interest in the website.