Dream big at the Burke Museum

May 9, 2017
Burke Museum

Six-year-old Max sent us $1.00 and a handwritten letter detailing his big dream—for the Burke Museum to discover Tyrannosaurus rex bones. One year later, Max's big dream came true with the discovery of the Tufts-Love T.rex skull in Montana!

At the Burke, we have a lot of big dreams—from discovering a T. rex to inspiring the next generation of paleontologists, weavers, conservationists and scientists. Each day, our curators, collections staff, researchers, and educators work tirelessly in pursuit of these dreams.

“My dream is to build the New Burke Museum.”

—Julie Stein, Executive Director of the Burke Museum

Julie Stein, Executive Director of the Burke Museum

Photo: Burke Museum 

“My dream is to build the first full-size Angyaaq on Kodiak Island in 100 years so we can celebrate and share the richness of our culture.” ­

—Sven Haakanson, Curator of North American Anthropology

Sven Haakanson, Curator of North American Anthropology

Photo: Burke Museum

“My dream is to understand how plants have evolved to defend themselves against animals.”

—Caroline Strömberg, Curator of Paleobotany

Caroline Strömberg, Curator of Paleobotany

Photo: Richard Brown Photography 

“My dream is that every child in Washington schools will get the opportunity to discover a fossil, so they can gain a deeper perspective of life, time, and evolution.”

—Greg Wilson, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology

Greg Wilson, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology

Photo: Burke Museum

“My dream is to get young Pacific Islanders excited about research and museum collections, so that communities and students can decide for themselves the best ways to represent their cultures.” 

—Holly Barker, Curator for Oceanic & Asian Culture

Holly Barker, Curator for Oceanic & Asian Culture

Photo: Burke Museum 

“My dream is to have traveling summer camps throughout the state so families with deaf and hard-of-hearing children, and hearing children, have the opportunity to participate in the wonderful programs offered by the Burke Museum.” 

—Lynessa Cronn, Head of Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children

Lynessa Cronn, Head of Northwest School for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children

Photo: Burke Museum

 

“Our dream is to describe every plant in the Northwest in a single book.” “Because we want to provide a comprehensive understanding of plants in our region, to users from professional botanists to the general public.”

—David Giblin, Herbarium Collections Manager & Richard Olmstead, Herbarium Curator

Plants being studied at the Herbarium.

Photo: Burke Museum 

“My dream is to help people realize how important and interesting bats are, to the point that they won’t kill bats that enter their house, and even ask what they can do to help bats.” 

—Sharlene Santana, Curator of Mammals

Sharlene Santana, Curator of Mammals

Photo: Burke Museum

“My dream is to illuminate life in the depths of the ocean, because if we don’t know what’s there, we won’t know what to save.”

—Luke Tornabene, Curator of Fishes

Luke Tornabene, Curator of Fishes

Photo: Andrew Waits

“My dream is to enthuse and educate current and future weavers of Chilkat and Ravenstail textiles.” 

—Lily Hope, Tlingit Weaver, Bill Holm Center Visiting Researcher

Lily Hope and Ursala Hudson, Bill Holm Center Visiting Researchers

Join us in supporting big dreams—as Max did with his donation to the Burke Museum. With the support of the community, we can build the foundation for the next 100 years of curiosity and discovery in the Pacific Northwest. 
 
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