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The Alaska Paleo-Project

$3,525 of $35k goal

Raised by 7 people in 25 months
James Havens  ANCHORAGE, AK
>  HELP US FUND THIS VERY IMPORTANT ALASKAN NATURAL HISTORY / HANDS-ON EDUCATIONAL MUSEUM EXHIBIT!

- Artist James Havens & Team have been working tirelessly - for over a year - to create this very special educational museum exhibit. Funded almost entirley out of pocket - we are currently reaching out to the public, individuals, corporate doners and institutions to join us in this final push to aquire the remaining funding required to complete this project which is now over 75% finished.


TALKEETNA MOUNTAINS / CRETACEOUS OCEANS
 Once completed the exhibit will be a  museum installation featuring recently discovered ancient Alaskan marine reptiles and their environment from Alaska's mystic Talkeetna Mountains. 

Other major discoveries from Southcentral Alaska’s Talkeetna Mountains will also be portrayed in the exhibit and will include:  “Lizzie,” Alaska’s first and oldest duck-billed dinosaur, Alaska’s only ankylosaurus - also discovered in the Talkeetna Mountains, as well as currently unidentified giant ammonites sculptures currently under construction.

We also participated in an actual expedition into the Talkeetna Mountains with the University of Alaska Museum of the North to discover a Elasmosaurus skeleton of which is new to Alaska's fossil record. 


 
> We also provide - hands on -  public outreach as the project developes in large public venues, including most recently the Anchorage Museum's Discovery Center. 

The public has been encoraged to participate during scheduled work shop dates and actually assist in painting the 32ft mural and learn the process involved with creating a large scale museum exhibit.

> This project is currently being built in 5 phases and will feature life size sculptures and recreations of the ancient marine environment and its inhabitants from Alaskas Talkeetna Mountains fossil record. 

Recently completed plesiosar head reconstruction. 

> The exhibit also includes a RECENTLY COMPLETED hand painted, 32 foot mural.



> Multi media displays are also being created and will be an important part of the exhibits experience, including wall wraps with graphics, display cases with actual / and cast Talkeetna Mountain fossils. Exhibit wall vinyl's / original exhibit photographs. T.V. monitors will play the educational documentary currently being produced illustrating the step-by-step process of creating this exhibit/art installation.

A Facebook Page has been established to share my  journey and adventures along the way and will be posted regularly on the artists Facebook blog:  www.facebook.com/alaskapaleoproject

> Currently, we are actively seeking funding and welcome any interested individuals, sponsors and donors to assist us in reaching our funding and or creative  goals for this  project.  For those corporate donors and sponsors that may require a itemized deduction i.e. materials, supplies and labor as well as the costs associated up to now for donating purposes - A full itemized financial budget is available upon request. - Thank you!
Ackowledgments: 

Scientific advisors for the project: >Patrick Druckenmiller, PhD Earth Sciences Curator at the University of Alaska Museum at the University of Alaska Fairbanks who Specializes in marine reptiles.

> Exhibit book bio image / Dr.  Pat Druckenmiller >Anne Pasch PhD UA Professor Anchorage, Alaska and founder of The Alaska Museum of Science and NatureSpecializes in marine invertebrates.

Youtube videos:
https://youtu.be/Q3A7X6LZYk8
https://youtu.be/PfWa_71Vwfw




Project news links: 
http://www.adn.com/culture/arts/2016/05/17/enormous-oil-on-canvas-painting-depicts-prehistoric-marine-reptiles/

https://youtu.be/LEjibCthh7g
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Update 19
Posted by James Havens
14 days ago
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Hurray! - We recently completed phase 1 of 5 of the current educational museum exhibit underway. We are now raising funds to purchase the new Elasmosaur head sculpture to donate to the permanent collection at UAF Museum of the North in Fairbanks, Alaska. Any help in reaching our goal would be amazing ! Please forward and visit @alaskapaleoproject - Cheers
We did it! Sculpt complete - thank you!
Dr. Pat Druckenmiller Endorsment Letter
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Update 18
Posted by James Havens
2 months ago
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Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement during the creation of this traveling museum exhibit! We are now actively seeking corporate sponsors, doners and individuals to join the Alaska Paleo-project team. Contributors names and corporate logos will be published on all advertisments, social media and promotional materials as well as on a giant plaque of acknowledgement which will travel with the exhibit to its many destinations - Thanks again for your support - couldn't do this type of project with out it! ...... your name next?
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Update 17
Posted by James Havens
4 months ago
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Now is the time to get this ancient sea dragon a permanent home at UA Museum of the North, Fairbanks, Alaska! Every dollar helps!
Funding Letter from Dr. Druckenmiller
Plesosaur head sculpture by Havens
Description
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Update 16
Posted by James Havens
4 months ago
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Very proud to announce the completion of the 32ft oil on canvas by artist James Havens titled Talkeetna Mountains - Cretaceous Oceans which is a center piece of the exhibit currently under construction. Join the support team with a donation of $150 or more toward the exhibit and recieve a poster of this just completed painting! We will be working on getting the giant ammonite finished next which requires a lot of fiberglass.........
Finished ! On to the next exhibit piece!
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$3,525 of $35k goal

Raised by 7 people in 25 months
Created March 30, 2015
PK
$50
Phyllis Kiehl
5 months ago
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Great project. Please let us know when it is completed, and when and where it will be shown.

AP
$150
Anne Pasch
5 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Thanks Anne, for supporting and being a part of this project !

PW
$50
Patricia & Harry Whitaker
6 months ago
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1

It was fun to see the paintings and other displays at the University Center - a lot more to be done but fascinating. We hope that they can finish this project!

LD
$150
LeAnn Duncan
6 months ago
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Thanks for sharing our history.

AM
$3,000
Anchorage Museum
10 months ago (Offline Donation)
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Many thanks to the Anchorage Museum for hosting the public out reach 33mural portion of the project!

SG
$100
Sally Gibert
14 months ago
1
1
CL
$25
Caitlin Lumia
17 months ago
1
1
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