Matt Euro and Daniel TraubIt is always a pleasure to celebrate the iconic American Museum of Natural History with the Junior Council.

Recently the Junior Council concluded its 2014–2015 season with a screening of a behind the scenes look of the museum, an interview with one of the museum’s most celebrated scientists, and a celebration with jazz on the Arthur Ross Terrace.

The Junior Council is a group of young members who support natural science, research, and the museums monumental accomplishments and programs.

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The final screening was truly special; it was an introduction to Shelf Life, the Museum’s new web series for curious minds. The event included the screening of a Shelf Life episode, Skull of the Olinguito, and a presentation by Nancy Simmons, curator-in-charge in the Department on Mammalogy, and Erin Chapman, producer of Shelf Life. 

The web series Shelf Life opens doors, pulls out drawers, and takes the lids off of some of the most incredible and rarely seen items in the Museum’s amazing collection, which has now grown to over 33 million specimens and artifacts. And, please keep in mind that some jars filled with numerous samples and organism is still considered simply one specimen.

Jillian Bell and Joseph DeVenutaThe American Museum of Natural History’s Junior Council is one of New York City’s most dynamic membership groups for young philanthropists. Founded in 1994, the Junior Council supports the Museum’s mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. Each year, Junior Council members participate in special events that offer them an intimate view inside the Museum’s collections, activities, and exhibitions.

Co-Chairs W. Jameson McFadden, Holly and Martin Okner, Lori and Zachary Pomerantz, Gaelin Rosenwaks, Heather and Ross Schulman, Zoe and Iain Wilson,  joined members, and museum lovers on the Museum’s Arthur Ross Terrace for a one of a kind jazz reception. The band played on as we danced into the night. All in the name of science!

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Images via AMNH\R. Mickens