Karpeles Museum displaying writings of Charles Darwin

Posted Online: Jan. 11, 2013, 2:10 pm
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Press release submitted by Karpeles Manuscript Library

We're pleased to announce the opening of our new exhibit featuring the writings of renowned scientist Charles Darwin. The new museum exhibit, which includes over 20 handwritten manuscripts related to the research of Darwin, opened Tuesday, January 6, at the Karpeles Museum in Rock Island. The exhibit will be open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be featured at the museum through April of this year.
Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809, in Shrewsbury, England. Darwin had a typical childhood but was a slow learner and did not enjoy going to school. He had a natural passion for botany and spent a large amount time exploring his father's land and collecting any interesting creature he could find.
Darwin began attending the Shrewsbury School when he was 8 years old. After he graduated, he attempted to follow his father's wishes by studying medicine at the University of Edinburgh. Darwin had little interest in medicine, however, and he soon decided to pursue a different career. In 1828, Darwin began his studies at the University of Cambridge to prepare for a career as a clergyman. It was in Cambridge that he met two very influential figures who would set him on the path of becoming a naturalist; Adam Sedgwick and naturalist John Stevens Henslow. Henslow suggested that Darwin travel on the HMS Beagle so he could have the opportunity to study nature in different parts of the world.
During his voyage on the HMS Beagle, Darwin found that the idea that all species were uniquely created was doubtable because he noted that animals and fossils in the same geographical region were closely related even though they had different structures and feeding habits.
In 1859, Darwin published On the Origin of Species which contained the results of his studies abroad and soon became the foundation for the theory of evolution. Darwin continued to expand on different aspects of his theories in The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication in 1868, The Descent of Man in 1871, and The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals in 1872.
Charles Darwin suffered a heart attack and passed away on April 19, 1882.
For more information about our Charles Darwin exhibit, please visit www.karpeles.org, or visit our Facebook page.
Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
700 22nd Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 788-0806
Email: KMuseumRKI@aol.com

Museum Hours
Monday...................................................... Closed
Tuesday ............................ 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday ....................... 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday........................... 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday ............................... 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday............................ 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday.............................. 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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