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09 September 2012, 07:37 PM
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Dear GNSI members, friends and guests,

We want to announce in advance a special meeting and date for October, so that you can plan ahead.

*** Due to the unusual nature of this meeting, we are asking people to RSVP for this meeting. Please send your reply by October 5th to Diana Marques at: MarquesD (at) (

EVENT DATE: *** Note date and time change from normal! *** Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 / 5:00 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
MEETING: "Smithsonian Osteology Hall Draw-In"

For those of you who render creatures in the flesh, this is your opportunity to see first-hand what drives their structure. Come and sketch after-hours in the National Museum of Natural History's Hall of Bones, by special arrangement with the Smithsonian.

No crowds! Just you, your colleagues, and the museum's extensive collection in Vertebrate Zoology including fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Dr. Jim Mead, curator emeritus of the Museum (specialist in modern whales), and visiting marine fossil specialist Dr. Ewan Fordyce, from the University of Otaga, New Zealand, will be available to give a short presentation and answer questions before the group is released to the Hall for sketching.

You will see a wide variety of skeletons grouped by their evolutionary relationships, offering a comparative anatomy of vertebrates. No bones about it! Or rather, it's all about bones! All yours for the evening!

- Think about bringing any desired portable seating and drawing surface, as there will only be a carpeted floor in the Hall.

- To quote Mary Parrish: "It's also a great chance to do photography of skeletons, as it is an outstanding classic hall of comparative vertebrate anatomy. Many more specimens than text!"

- The Smithsonian Education & Outreach department will be videoing our Draw-In. No interviewing is expected, but they would like to video us drawing and maybe ask for some loans of sample to scan and add to the video.

- Food is not allowed in the Osteology hall.

LOCATION: Smithsonian Natural History Museum10th St. & Constitution Ave., Washington, DC.Cathy Kerby Room (3rd Floor, East Court, phone: 202-633-2001)

Wait for an escort in the Constitution Avenue lobby between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. (about every 15 minutes) - PLEASE BE PROMPT!


-- 5:00 p.m. for snacks and socializing (Please bring a food item to share, or $2.00 for the donation jar.)

-- 5:30 p.m. We go directly to the Osteology Hall.

-- 6:15 p.m. If allowed, we will check for late stragglers at the Constitution Avenue entrance every 15 minutes until 6:15.

PARKING: If you would like to park in the museum lot, email Alice Tangerini (tangerinia (at) ( with your name. The security at the museum has been increased and you will need to be on Alice's list to park at or after 5:00 p.m.

Be sure not to miss this one!

***Don't forget to send your response to Diana Marques! MarquesD (at) (

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