Dian Fossey Exhibit at Brenau University
Brenau University is celebrating Dian Fossey’s life and work by hosting an exhibit of the belongings that were taken from her cabin at Karisoke™ after her murder in 1985 and preserved by the Fossey Fund. This is the first time these objects have been made available for viewing by the public. The exhibit combines notebooks, African cultural artifacts, photographs, and personal items such as clothing. It includes Fossey’s field recording equipment, confiscated poacher’s snares and weapons, and the uncorrected proofs of her book Gorillas in the Mist.
The exhibit extends a collaboration between Brenau University and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International that began in 2009 when the university, located in Gainesville, Georgia, celebrated the United Nation’s “International Year of the Gorilla” by inviting Fossey Fund staff to present a public symposium and lectures on conservation science and related topics. The presentations were part of a special seminar for first-year Brenau students, and students organized a “Coins for Congo” event to benefit the Fossey Fund’s work conserving gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The exhibit opened in Brenau’s library in conjunction with the 2009 celebrations, and has reopened after receiving several updates since then. The collaboration between Brenau and the Fossey Fund was made possible by the Kay and Doug Ivester Endowed Program Fund.
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A video interview about the exhibit with Tara Stoinski, Ph.D, Fossey Fund vice-president and chief scientist, can be viewed here.