Look at the history, present and future of Lake Thunderbird in presentations

Lake sunsetNorman Public Library East takes a day to look at its neighbor to the east, Lake Thunderbird, in a pair of presentations scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 10, at the library.

The library will host an Interactive Lake Thunderbird Digital History Lab from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event is a chance for anyone with photos, documents, stories or any other items relating to Lake Thunderbird to be included in a Digital History exhibit. J.A. Pryse, Senior Archivist at the University of Oklahoma’s Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, will coordinate the event.

At 2 p.m., Ernie Martin will present on the subject of Water Animals and Wildlife Conservation. Martin is Naturalist at Lake Thunderbird and will bring animals that make their homes in water and discuss the importance of water and wildlife conservation. The program will be for all ages and be especially helpful for children to learn more about the natural world and strategies for protecting the land and water quality.

Library visitors also can view the Water/Ways exhibit of the Smithsonian, on display at Norman East as part of its national tour through Sunday, Aug. 18.

“Water/Ways” was inspired by an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.

The exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more about “Water/Ways” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, click here.