The University of Arkansas Museum served to educate and inspire generations for 130 years since its founding in 1873 by Dr. Francis L. Harvey, professor of biology and geology. Professor Sam Dellinger, longtime curator, explained that "to a state, a museum is not merely a place for study. Here in the University we have specialists who can make a study of the natural history specimens of the state and at the same time instill in our own boys and girls not only a love for their state and its worth, but also give them some idea of her wonderful possibilities."
In 2003, UA Chancellor John White had the vision to abolish the University of Arkansas Museum because it wasn't making a profit.
In 2004, community leader John Lewis had the vision and a dream “to create a world class science center that will inspire children in the sciences, enable our adults to navigate the 21st century, and we’ll do all this through the lens of the Ozarks, our people, our culture, our innovations.” He once told me that he was working to secure an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution and assure an even broader base of visitors to our community.
Now the Northwest Arkansas Museum Foundation, the nonprofit group founded by Lewis, is seeking proposals for a site to make that vision a reality.
Don't look for any help from the Cowbirds, but the City of Fayetteville and its Advertising and Promotion Light Show and Real Estate Trust should partner up on this deal with the University as well. It would be a lot better than that Museum of Militarism it funds down at the Corporate Jetport in Greenland.