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The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will continue its fiftieth anniversary celebration on September 18 with a lecture about the shaping of eastern North America’s landscape.

William A. Thomas, Hudnall Professor Emeritus of Geology at the University of Kentucky and visiting scientist at the Geological Survey of Alabama, will present “Eastern North American through Two Supercontinent Cycles.” The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in the McClung Museum. The event is free and open to the public.

Thomas will go through 750 million years of geologic processes that resulted in the landscape of today, such as the breakup of supercontinents, the creation of mountains, the erosion and deposition of sediment-producing limestone and shale, and the shaping of the ridges, valleys, and mountains.

McClung Museum’s fiftieth anniversary lecture series brings worldwide experts to speak on topics related to the museum’s collections and exhibitions, which include archaeology, ancient Egypt, decorative arts, the Battle of Fort Sanders, geology, and fossils.

Upcoming lectures feature:

  • Chris Rainier, National Geographic photographer, on September 22
  • Salima Ikram, Egyptologist and mummy expert, October15
  • Marc Spencer, vertebrate paleontologist and dinosaur specialist, on October 27.

The McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive, is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and admission is free. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive. Parking passes are not needed on the weekends.

For more information about the McClung Museum and its collections and exhibits, visit the website.


Catherine Shteynberg (865-974-6921, cshteynb@utk.edu)

Christina Selk (865-974-2143, cselk@utk.edu)