Fifty years ago, a publicity-shy scientist and writer with a passion for nature authored a book that propelled many Americans into a contentious public debate about pesticides and their use. The book was Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, and the debate it triggered helped launch the modern environmental movement.
“This book, by the unlikeliest of warriors, literally shook the world,” says Dr. John C. Rumm, Senior Curator of Western History at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. On February 7, Rumm presents A Sense of Wonder: The Life and Enduring Legacy of Rachel Carson in a free program in the Center’s Coe Auditorium at 12:15 p.m. The illustrated lecture is part of the Draper Museum of Natural History’s Lunchtime Expeditions series, now entering its thirteenth year.
As curator of the Center’s Buffalo Bill Museum, Rumm oversaw its major redesign and reinstallation in 2012. He came to Cody from Philadelphia, where he held senior-level positions with several museums. Prior to that, he spent 11 years with the Smithsonian Institution, and consulted on heritage for corporate and non-profit clients. His presentation on Rachel Carson comes out of his deep interest in environmental and natural history. A lifelong birder, Rumm has been vice president and newsletter editor of the Meadowlark Audubon Society since 2009.
For more information about Rumm’s lecture, the Lunchtime Expeditions series in general, or the Draper Museum of Natural History, please e-mail Dr. Charles Preston, Senior Curator at the Center and Founding Curator of the Draper Museum, call him at 307.578.4078, or visit the natural history section of our Web site.