Director's Welcome

David K. Skelly
Director, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Frank R. Oastler Professor of Ecology, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies


From the Director: Spring 2015

As spring approaches, we can look back on a very successful fall and winter at the Peabody. Our 12th Annual ¡Fiesta Latina! saw more than 2,500 attendees. It was a wonderful celebration of culture, identity, and family. In September, our temporary exhibition The Hidden Life of Ants opened with a great family day and told a great story of those tiny titans while on view. And in October we were very excited to hold our first Haunted Hall Crawl and Costume Ball.


In January, we continued a great tradition with our 19th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice—the largest gathering of its kind in Connecticut. Performances, poetry slams, and activities for all ages populated the Museum. If you’ve never experienced Martin Luther King Day at the Museum, we hope to see you at next year’s event.


Finally, we are very proud to announce the opening in March of our temporary exhibition, Samurai and the Culture of Japan’s Great Peace. Developed by the Museum’s talented staff and a team of Yale historians, this landmark exhibition tells the dynamic and fascinating history of the samurai. But unlike most exhibitions on the topic, it focuses on their final period—a 250-year span of sustained peace. To tell this story, more than 150 objects from the University’s collections will be displayed, many on view for the very first time. Be sure to follow all of the great programming that will accompany the exhibition—from lectures and family days to film series and tours.


We look forward to seeing you soon.


The Peabody at Yale

The Peabody Museum of Natural History is an administrative unit of Yale University, reporting through the Provost to the University, President and the Yale Corporation. The Yale Peabody Museum operates under the authority of the Yale Corporation, which appoints the Museum Director on the nomination of the President. The Museum’s Board of Curators is comprised of 19 full-time Yale faculty members, including the Director, who are appointed by the Corporation on nomination by the President. The current governance structure at the Museum integrates the academic expertise of its faculty curators with the professional skills of a full-time staff. The Director, aided by senior administrative staff, bears responsibility for management. In 1995, a formal collaboration was established among the Yale Peabody Museum, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. This environmental partnership recognizes the Peabody Museum as a resource and catalyst for interdisciplinary research on the earth’s history and environment, and seeks to strengthen the intellectual ties between the Museum and other groups with a shared interest in environmental research at Yale. The Museum’s collections are a major component of the research and teaching activities of the Peabody and Yale. The Curators and staff are engaged in contributing new knowledge based on the Museum’s research materials and making this knowledge available to the general public and to specialized audiences. All collections are used in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research, as well as in public programs and exhibitions. The Yale Peabody Museum fills many important roles on the Yale University campus, particularly as it has expanded its role in the community and the region, thereby offering a “front door” to the University for the general public.


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