Philadelphia City Council Honors Academy

June 18, 2012

Philadelphia City Councilmembers issue a proclamation

Wishing it “another century of excellent scientific leadership,” Philadelphia City Council has honored the Academy on the occasion of its Bicentennial.

In a brief ceremony June 14, the Council adopted a resolution “recognizing, honoring and celebrating” the institution “for its invaluable contributions to the environmental and natural sciences as the oldest natural history museum in the nation.” The resolution was introduced by Councilman At-Large David Oh, who said he enjoys visiting the museum with his family.

The following is the full text of the resolution.

Resolution

Recognizing, Honoring, And Celebrating The Academy Of Natural Sciences For Its Invaluable Contributions To The Natural Sciences As The Oldest Natural History Museum In The Nation—On The Occasion Of Its 200th Anniversary:  1812-2012.

WHEREAS, In 1812, seven amateur naturalists founded the Academy of Natural Sciences for, “the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences, and the advancement of useful learning;” and

WHEREAS, In the year 2012, the Academy of Natural Sciences completes its 200th year and begins its third century as the oldest natural history museum in the nation; and

WHEREAS, The Academy of Natural Sciences is internationally known for its collections of over 17 million specimens, including the first nearly complete dinosaur skeleton, Thomas Jefferson’s fossil collection, specimens from the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the magnificent original wildlife drawings of John Audubon; and

WHEREAS, The Academy of Natural Sciences’ members have included nine Nobel Laureates, two United States presidents, and the current Dalai Lama; and

WHEREAS, The Academy of Natural Sciences is not just a repository of historical artifacts, but an ongoing research center with scientists studying global warming in Mongolia, avian-flu carriers in Vietnam, and fossils from Pennsylvania to Patagonia—as well as many other important subjects in many other places that will result in knowledge useful in understanding the past, dealing with the present, and planning for the future; and

WHEREAS, In the year 2011, the Academy of Natural Sciences merged with Drexel University to develop the synergy of Academy researchers and collections with Drexel’s educators and students; and

WHEREAS, The City of Philadelphia looks forward to yet another century of excellent  scientific leadership from the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, Recognizing, Honoring, And Celebrating The Academy Of Natural Sciences For Its Invaluable Contributions To The Natural Sciences As The Oldest Natural History Museum In The Nation—On The Occasion Of Its 200th Anniversary:  1812-2012.

FURTHER RESOLVED, That an engrossed copy of this Resolution be presented to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, further evidencing the sincere admiration and gratitude of this legislative body.

David Oh
Councilman-At-Large
March 29, 2012

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