Ed Riley, assistant curator of the entomology museum at Texas A&M University recently issued this invitation to an open house in January:
“You are cordially invited to the annual “open house” of the Texas A&M University Insect Collection to meet with others who share an interest in the study of Texas insects. This is the 24th consecutive annual meeting, and we hope to have another excellent gathering this year. Each year our meeting attracts a diverse group of people – professional and amateur – with a broad range of interests. There is no formal program, but it will be a chance to show off new curiosities, and to catch up on the past year’s news and collecting stories. Please feel free to invite newcomers who share our interest.
“The event will be held on Saturday, January 7th. The entire day will be spent at the Minnie Belle Heep Building (a.k.a., ? the Heep Center?). Starting time will be around 9 to 10 AM. Meeting areas will be available on the 2nd floor of the atrium adjacent to the TAMU Insect Collection room (Room 216). Lunch will be on your own. The atrium meeting areas and the Texas A&M University Insect Collection will be open for the remainder of the afternoon.
“Parking will be available in lot no. 67 on the east side of the building. No special permit is required for parking on Saturday.
“All collections will be open for browsing as usual. If any of you would like uninterrupted “quality time” working in the collections, I suggest you arrive a day early or stay a day late. Please let me know in advance, and I will make arrangements for collection access on Friday evening and/or the following Sunday morning.
“Spread the word. Hope to see you on January 7th!”
Master Volunteer Entomology Specialists with an interest in learning from other amateur entomologists would find this event interesting and fun. There is no registration. Just show up and learn more about entomology. Questions about the event can be directed to Ed Riley at 979-845-9711.