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State Museum to Observe National Fossil Day with “Learn at Lunchtime” Program

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Oct. 9, 2013

State Museum to Observe National Fossil Day with “Learn at Lunchtime” Program

Harrisburg – The State Museum will mark National Fossil Day on Wednesday, Oct. 16, with a special program featuring museum paleontologist Steven Jasinski and highlighting Pennsylvania’s state fossil, the Trilobite, “Phacops rana.”

Jasinski is the museum’s acting curator of paleontology and geology. He will meet visitors in the Dino Lab area on the museum’s third floor between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. A number of specimens from the museum’s extensive paleontological and geological collections will be on display.

The program is an installment in The State Museum’s popular “Learn at Lunchtime” series where general admission is free from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

National Fossil Day is an a​nnual observance organized by the National Park Service. It promotes public awareness and stewardship of fossils and fosters a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol, is one of 25 historic sites and museums administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission as part of the Pennsylvania Trails of History®. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting Pennsylvania’s fascinating heritage. 

With exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the colonial and revolutionary era, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the state's vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that Pennsylvania's story is America’s story.

For more information about the museum, visit

Media contact: Howard Pollman, 717-705-8639



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