Bryan opens Henning Museum
November 03, 2006
A project “many years in the making” came to fruition Nov. 3 as Bryan’s Center for Origins Research reopened the Willard Henning Natural History Museum as a tribute to the man who began the collection 50 years ago.
Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay pointed out that in Dr. Henning’s career at Bryan he taught virtually every science course in addition to working on the museum collection.
The Center for Origins Research (CORE) was organized in 1989 when Dr. Kurt Wise came to Bryan, and Dr. Wise was responsible for much of the work to salvage, clean and re-catalog specimens after a catastrophic fire in 2000.
Dr. Todd Wood, Dr. Wise’s successor as CORE director, “picked up the baton and has run with it well,” Dr. Livesay said. “With Dr. Roger Sanders and a team of students and volunteers, they have worked night and day to bring the museum to this place.”
Dr. Livesay pointed out that the museum collection includes some 100,000 pieces, only a fraction of which are on display. “I hope one day we can have a larger showplace,” he said. “We want to invite the people in the community to come and make this a significant resource. Our focus is on Tennessee, and our goal is for this to help people learn about our community and our Creator.”
He paid tribute to the CORE staff—Dr. Wood, Dr. Roger Sanders, and Ms. Stephanie Mace—for their contribution to the field of creation science. “CORE is one of the finest places of origins research in the world. We have some of the finest scientists in the world teaching and pursuing work in research.
“For a college of Bryan’s size to have two credentialed scientists in research is a tribute to our Creator God. To Him be the glory.”
Dr. Wood thanked volunteers and students who made the museum possible. He also praised Dr. Wise for his efforts after the fire. “If it hadn’t been for Dr. Wise, I wouldn’t have known what we have.”
The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. It is located on the south end of the ground floor of Mercer Hall at the college.