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A Love Affair with BirdsThe Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts$
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Sue Leaf

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675647

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675647.001.0001

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(p.228) Epilogue
A Love Affair with Birds

Sue Leaf

University of Minnesota Press

This epilogue discusses developments after the death of Thomas Sadler Roberts. Walter Breckenridge succeeded Roberts as director of the Museum of Natural History, and under his leadership the museum evolved into its present form. Soon, Breckenridge decided to rename the museum as the Bell Museum of Natural History, commemorating James Ford Bell. The museum continues to draw thousands of Minnesota schoolchildren, who tour the dioramas and explore the natural world in the touch and see room. The Bell also presents exhibits on contemporary environmental issues, such as sustainable housing. Appropriately, Roberts’ legacy is found in protected nature reserves. In 1947, his name was attached to a small nature preserve on the southeastern shore of Lake Harriet. A tiny oasis in the middle of the city, the T. S. Roberts Wildlife Sanctuary is a stopover for migrating songbirds and a soothing retreat for humans.

Keywords:   Thomas Sadler Roberts, Walter Breckenridge, Museum of Natural History, Bell Museum of Natural History, James Ford Bell, Minnesota, dioramas, natural world, nature preserve, T.S. Roberts Wildlife Sanctuary

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