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Following coffee and conversation at 9:30 a.m., Bob Taylor, Program Chairman and former President, called the General Membership Meeting of the Kirtlandia Society to order at 10:05 a.m. in the Rare Book Room of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Approximately thirty-eight (38) members, guests, and Museum staff were present.
Bob announced that Pauline Moore has had a hip replacement. He circulated a get-well card for members to sign.
Treasurer Greenwald reported that there is a total of approximately $135,000 in our Investments and Endowment Funds. It is up slightly over last quarter. Both this summer's Adopt-A-Student Program and the SRC Teacher Intern are funded because of generous contributions of our members
Ted Ganger, Past President, introduced Esther Bockhoff, one of Kirtlandia's two new lifetime honorary members. Esther, Curator Emerita in Cultural Anthropology, gave a brief synopsis of her long association with the Museum and our Society. She was involved with Kirtlandia from its inception and served as its Museum Liaison for a period of time. She was also instrumental in the formation of the Adopt-A-Student Program.
Ann DuFresne reported on the summer's AAS program. The pizza party was a success. All but two students attended, and it was a good networking session for them. This year there are nine students with Botany having two, one of which is funded from a source other than Kirtlandia.
Bob Taylor, Program Chairman, introduced today's speaker, Dr. Brian Redmond, CMNH's Curator of Archaeology and Director of Science, He has been affiliated with the Museum since 1994. It is particularly appropriate to have him talk to us today since it is "Archaeology Day" at CMNH and in Ohio. Its purpose is to educate the public about the study of past cultures.
Brian first thanked Kirtlandia members for their continued support of the Museum's curators and their research through the AAS program. Dr. Redmond, through a wonderful visual presentation, gave us an accounting of "The Discovery of the Hartley Mastodon." A contractor, working in a bog to dig an area for a pond for a farmer's cattle, discovered the complete mastodon skeleton, (late Pleistocene - about 11,000 years ago), in late July 2001 near Salem, Ohio. Our Museum became involved in August when contacted by the head of the Geology Department at Kent-Salem. We joined in the salvage operation at that time and acquired the skeleton from Mr. Hartley, the contractor. The mastodon is a specimen in excellent condition with the complete pelvis. However, no long bones have been found, a fact that is unusual. This is part of the continuing research -- to understand why that happened. By looking at the teeth, the tusks, and the pelvis, it was determined that the Hartley Mastodon is a juvenile female, approximately 30 - 35 years old.
The research is ongoing to learn more about the Hartley Mastodon. The tusk is being conserved for analysis, more dating of the bones is being done, and we are learning more about the site of discovery and environmental impact. Dr. Redmond will inform the public of new developments as they are discovered.
After questions and answers, the meeting adjourned at approximately noon.