Visitors to the Fort Wallace Museum, Wallace, KS will be transported to a time when the area was part of the Age of the Dinosaurs thanks in part to a $36,000 grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation.
The museum plans to house a 40-foot fossil cast of the Elasmasaurus Platyrus Plesiosaur fossil originally discovered by Ft. Wallace surgeon Theophilus H. Turner in 1867. The original fossil is owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Natural History. The grant from the Foundation will help the museum purchase a replica currently on display in Woodland Park, CO.
The display will compliment other paleontology displays in the area, including the Sternberg Museum and Fick Fossil Museum and will help tell the story of the importance that northwest Kansas played in early paleontology.
The draw to see this dramatic dinosaur replica will provide a new reason for patrons of all ages to visit the Fort Wallace Museum.
For more information on the project or the museum, please contact the museum at 785-891-3564.