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Mapping Texas: On Conquistadors And Cartographers
February 17, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

By Mylynka Kilgore-Cardona, PhD, Map Curator, Archives and Records, Texas General Land Office In the nearly four hundred years that it took for Texas to take its current shape, the space changed from an extensive, unexplored and sparsely settled frontier under the Spanish Crown to its iconic and easily recognizable outline. Mapping Texas: From Frontier to […]

Space and Sea: A Modern Take On Ancient Exploration
February 16, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

In honor of our new special exhibition Mapping Texas: From Frontier To Lone Star State I will endeavor to give you a little taste of what it was like to be one of the early seafaring explorers who helped start the slow process of mapping Texas. It occurs to me that many of you who read […]

Opening February 17th! Our New Giant Screen Film: Dream Big
February 15, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

  All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a giant-screen film about engineering, will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audience […]

Sit Down With a Curator: Love in the Animal Kingdom
February 14, 2017 · 1 Comment

By Jessi Green, Online Media Manager at HMNS At the risk of regurgitating clichés, here at HMNS we’ve noticed that something is in the air. No—it’s not the oscillating Houston humidity or the smell of preservation chemicals; it’s the love of Valentine’s Day! Love it, hate it, or just plain ignore it—Valentine’s Day is a […]

Strange Love: Copulation, Cannibalism And Display In The Bug World
February 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Valentines Day is quickly approaching. Have you thought of what to get that special someone? What better way is there to woo the woman of your dreams other than say, giving her a small dead animal wrapped in silk? Ladies, are you really looking to snag a date for Valentines Day? Tell your man that you’ll […]

HMNS Weekly Happenings
February 12, 2017 · Be The First To Comment

Dream Big 3D   Opens February 17, 2017 All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. Dream Big will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds and a solar car race across Australia. Along […]

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Mapping Texas: The Beginning

Maria Shelton · February 19, 2017, 9:58 am

I was just wondering why the map that Alonzo Avarez de Pineda created in 1519, was not in exhibit? He is mentioned in the 7th grade Texas TEKS . It would have been an eye opener for students as they connect the information of the various maps to that map.

Genghis Khan & The Battle of Ain Jalut

Mohammad Irfan · February 18, 2017, 11:40 am

Qutuz was a very far sighted general.He collected those veteran soldiers who had fought with Mongols.On the basis of his investigation and discussion with above said veterans,he reached the conclusions that to gain victory against Mongols he must have an Army which is even bigger in number than Mongols.Secondly, each soldier must be a very very trained soldier.Lastly he should fight the Mongols in the open field, since fighting them while sitting in a fort will bring in defeat.With this scheme, he entered in Ain UL Jalut, and in the battle Mongols were totally annihilated.In a few days,Mongols ran away from Syria and Palistine like jackles.Surely ,Mongols were very very inferior things in front of Mamluks.Actually there were some internal rifts within Mamluks, otherwise Mamluks were capable to throw Mongols out of Iran and Afghanistan.Surely Mamluk were the guards of Islam who saved Makkah and Madina at that time.

All that glitters is … Bulgari! Jeweler to the stars sparkles at HMNS starting May 2

Hudson Tom · February 17, 2017, 3:44 am

All the Jewelry pieces are very unique and feminine. Definitely, great job has been done by HMNS and Bulgari.

Strange Love: Copulation, Cannibalism And Display In The Bug World

Angel · February 16, 2017, 9:50 am

Love this story! Educational and hilarious! thank you Erin :)

Sit Down With a Curator: Love in the Animal Kingdom

Sudha Bidani · February 16, 2017, 4:23 am

Providing proof to support this polygamous or monogamous behavior needs a lot of field research. Incredible amount of work has gone into this. Cudos! We as a "civilized" society do not tolerate this behavior in sapiens. DNA changes take tousands of years to happen. I am not sure we are ready to condone it for sapiens.

Love and Architecture: A Story Of Houston’s Skyline

Caroline Roessler · February 12, 2017, 11:15 am

Good article. Informative and Enjoyable.

HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly

Hollie Thompson · February 11, 2017, 5:56 pm

Hello- I pin all kinds of insects, been doing it for years- but right now, I have an Atlas Moth that has been in the relaxing chamber for two weeks and it is just as stiff as it was when I first put it in. I don't have a syringe to inject it with anything, so what else can I do? I need to get this thing relaxed and mounted asap!!

Top 5 Ways to Make Spirits Bright at HMNS

guzman1959 · February 11, 2017, 11:41 am

" Cabinets of Curiosities" I don't agree, read: http://portisabelsouthpadre.com/2016/11/23/making-spirits-bright/ Best regards, Delena

Hummingbirds of the Night

Tony Kolck · February 10, 2017, 12:13 am

I'm freaked out tonight. Non of th parent Humming bird is covering its babies n their nest as I observed the many night before. Having red your article gives me some comfort, today we had a beautiful warm day in early February in Los Angeles, perhaps my mom bird is out feeding, because the youngsters are growing fast, there tiny wings have some small fevers here and there. I would have never discovered their nest, except the ficus tree dropped all its leaves in the cold and now the nest is wide open to the elements, which drives me nuts, worrying fr the youngsters well being. Since we have lately a lot of rain, I extended the porch overhand so they are now protected. I also hung a couple of cane sugar feeders, which may be not so great, maybe other or stronger Humming birds are trying to takes my birds Territory. What else could it be that they are not in the nest at night? Tonight I placed a special cooktop with a fan and boiling the water in it, so the vapor would take the chill out in the air around the babies nest. In light of your article I might postpone my plan to cut the branch with the nest on it and take the birdies to the local Humaine Society to rescue the youngsters, I could feed hem sugar water but what for protein?

New Exhibit Now Open! Six Thousand Years of Ukrainian History

Popescu · February 9, 2017, 4:58 am

ALEX M: The problem with your point of view is that you think Dacian has anything to do with today Romanians. Yes, you live now at the same place as Dacians lived long time ago, but nothing else connects Dacians to modern day Romanians, since the latter came from Albania during the XII-XIV. centuries. We all know that some scholars (all Romanians) still try to force the never-proven Daco-Romanian theory, but every serious scolars in Europe knows it is not much as a theory. Modern Romanians have never been Sarmatians, nor Dacians, they were shepherds from the Albanian mountains, migrating into Oltenia/Muntenia and bringing their neo-latin language. Dacians and Sarmatians never spoke a latin language, they opposed to Roma at all cost, which led to their defeat and dissolution. After these events no trace of them for centuries. You might hav been misled by the name of the Cucuteni culture, which bears a Romanian name for it's first archeological site, but it has other occurences outside modern Romania, f.e. in Ukraine, Moldavia, Transsylvania, and other places that never belonged to Romania (but Sarmatians and Dacians).

Mapping Texas!

Summer · January 27, 2017, 8:39 pm

So excited to see this exhibit!

What In The World Are They Doing? Visions Of The Black Drink

Raime · January 27, 2017, 12:59 pm

Cool! Thank you :-)

Chris · January 26, 2017, 12:59 pm

Thank you for your interest in our article. Sinistrofulgur perversum ( lightning welk) was the preferred shell used. The are roughly ten inches long usually, but vary. You can do a google search and find out more about those. Some of the shells on display were probably not used as cups, but ceremonial objects used for other purposes. The ones that probably acted as cups were often complete shells whose central "spiral" had been removed for more open space inside. There are also ceramic vessels that have been discovered that may have been used for drinking the black drink as well. I have heard that the drink is still consumed today, but I don't have any literature at hand that discusses it. If I find something I will attach is to this article. Here is a good link to some information about the preparation of the black drink and the preparation of the drink: http://cherokeeregistry.com/black_drink.pdf

Raime · January 25, 2017, 12:58 pm

How big were these beautiful tea cups originally? Were the cups flat and shallow, deep and conical, or built of many pieces inlaid into a type of clay or ceramic? Is there a cup in its entirety? Also, do some nations of first peoples still concoct the black drink or is some variant of it available today?

Chris · January 24, 2017, 9:30 am

Thank you for commenting on our blog, it's always nice to get some reader participation. Unfortunately I think you misunderstood which picture I was referring to. I was talking about the image below the paragraph. The head is just barely visible, but it is indeed a classic example of a de-fleshed head, believed by many to represent a trophy head.

A Study in Patience

Andy Gendio · January 23, 2017, 5:32 am

Nicely written. however, I couldn't find a reference to the Sharpie photograph. Did I miss it?

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