Unveiling ceremony takes place April 22
WHAT: MOSI is pleased to announce the completion of a series of improvements to the Richard T. Bowers Historic Tree Grove with a reception on Tuesday, April 22 at 11 a.m. Thanks to a generous grant from the Hillsborough County Historic Preservation Challenge Grant Program, benches, artwork, plant markers, raised beds, ethnobotanical plantings, new signage and wind instruments have been added to the grove. A tour of the enhancements will be given followed by remarks from members of MOSI’s Board of Directors and Madge Bowers, widow of Dr. Richard T. Bowers. The Board of County Commissioners also has been invited.
MOSI’s Historic Tree Grove features 17 trees all descended from trees that witnessed amazing historic events or were associated with famous historical people. The Grove includes a sycamore tree descended from seeds that traveled to the moon, a longleaf pine whose ancestor witnessed a battle of the American Civil War, a live oak that descended from an oak that grows at the school where Ray Charles received his education, and a sweet gum whose ancestor saw the first flight of the airplane.
The upgrades to MOSI’s Richard T. Bowers Historic Tree Grove were made possible through a Historic Preservation Challenge Grant funded by the Board of County Commissioners, Hillsborough County Government.
WHEN: Richard T. Bowers Historic Tree Grove Reception
Tuesday, April 22, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Photographers welcome to attend
WHERE: Museum of Science & Industry
4801 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, Fla.
Tree Grove page: http://www.mosi.org/what-to-do/mosi-outside/historic-tree-grove.aspx
About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)
MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology, and is home to the only IMAX® DOME Theatre in the state of Florida. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation; The Amazing You—a 13,000-square-foot exhibition on health and wellness; or Disasterville, featuring Bay News 9 WeatherQuest, which combines education and 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits on the science behind natural disasters. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course, featuring 35 elements on a 12 – 36-foot-high, multilevel structure, or soar 700 feet on the Sky Trail Zip Line. Budding inventors can engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s new technology playground and inventor’s studio, Idea Zone, and preschoolers can experiment with friction and collision physics in Slippery Science, a PNC Passport to Science – Grow Up Great Initiative. Additionally, MOSI recently unveiled its newest exhibition Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA, where guests can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums. For more information on MOSI, visit www.mosi.org.