Something Mammoth


Transforming the Visitor Center into an Interpretive Center

We’re transforming the Big Bone Lick’s visitor center into an interpretive center! Our goal is to update the displays to better tell the stories of Big Bone Lick in an exciting and engaging way with new display cases, fossils and specimens, and the most current scientific information.

Our campaign has been broken into three Phases. Phase I was funded by a $70,000 grant from the R.C. Durr Foundation. The Foundation has challenged the Friends of Big Bone to raise an additional $70,000 that they will match dollar for dollar, by December of 2015.

Now we need help funding Phase II and III of our campaign. We need your help to raise $70,000 by December of 2015 to receive the highest matching grant. Every dollar you give is doubled. Give $50 and it becomes $100! We can’t do it without you, so please donate and Be a Part of Something Mammoth!

Revitalization Progress

June 2016:

There was some rearranging on the Phases still to be completed and now Phase 2 has become the Bison Antiquus and 3-D wall extension. Now in June, Phase 2 is 98% complete! The visitor's center is excited to show off their new addition.

 

February 2016:

In February, FOBB met with members of the Exhibit Team from Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at the park. The partners, FOBB, CMC, and park personnel, discussed how to move forward on Phase 2 (Harlan Ground Sloth skeleton) and Phase 3 (enlarging the wall mural). It was decided that the $41,000, from 2015 fundraising and matching funds from the R.C. Durr Foundation, will be used to create a 3-D effect for the wall mural. A Bison Antiquus, also known as an ancient Bison, will be displayed at the far left corner of the mural. Raised to the level of the picture, it will be tied into the contents of the mural as the Exhibit Team develops grasses, rocks, and ground along the bottom span of the mural. Signage will be included. In addition, audio-visual equipment will be installed so that programs and information can be displayed by park personnel to better educate the public on the history of BBL. This part of the Revitalization Project will be completed by the end of late Spring 2016.

Once it is completed, the Project Committee has one more phase to address; the inclusion of the Harlan Ground Sloth skeleton (Phase 2) which should be completed sometime in 2017. The R.C. Durr Foundation intends to continue to match all donated money dollar for dollar till Dec. 31, 2016. Thus plans for future fundraising are ongoing. FOBB encourage the public to Be a Part of Something Mammoth and help the partners for the Revitalization of the Visitors Center reach its new goal of $60,000.

December 2015:

FoBB submitted its fund-raising report to the R.C. Durr Challenge informing the Foundation about the $20,500 collected which the Foundation matched dollar for dollar, giving FOBB $41,000. The Foundation also extended the Challenge for another year which will end at the close of 2016. The partners (FoBB, BBL park personnel, and CMC) will meet in January to discuss with the Exhibit Team on how best to apply the money to the Revitalization Project. Fundraising will begin again in late winter/early spring to begin the process of gathering donations in order to complete Phases II and III in 2017. Our goal is to collect an additional $50,000 in order for the R.C. Durr Foundation to match it dollar for dollar. Become a Part of Something Mammoth and help the team complete Phases II and III!

November 2015:

We have raised a total of $20,000! That is amazing to us and want to thank everyone who has contributed and shown their love for our project. We still have a long way to go to reach $70,000, but we know it's possible. Please help out and donate. Don't forget to share on Facebook, Twitter, and let your family and friends know about our great cause. And as always, thank you for Being Mammoth!

 

Open House: First View of Phase One

June 12, 2015

The new Thematic Cases have been installed at the Visitor Center at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in southern Boone County

The cases, which highlight some of the significant moments and discoveries in the history of Big Bone Lick, were unveiled at the visitor center Thursday.

The display, the first phase of a three-part project, was the brainchild of the Friends of Big Bone and was made possible by a $70,000 grant from the R.C. Durr Foundation.

The unveiling  event, which was open to the public, included Secretary Bob Stewart of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and Elaine Walker, commissioner of the Kentucky Parks Department.

Stewart said there are several “friends” groups throughout the state, but none more committed than Friends of Big Bone.

Read the full article on NKYtribune.com

 

Phase One Under Construction

May 20, 2015

The new Thematic Cases have been installed at the Visitor Center at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site in southern Boone County

The cases, which highlight some of the significant moments and discoveries in the history of Big Bone Lick, were unveiled at the visitor center Thursday.

The display, the first phase of a three-part project, was the brainchild of the Friends of Big Bone and was made possible by a $70,000 grant from the R.C. Durr Foundation.

The unveiling  event, which was open to the public, included Secretary Bob Stewart of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and Elaine Walker, commissioner of the Kentucky Parks Department.

Stewart said there are several “friends” groups throughout the state, but none more committed than Friends of Big Bone.

Read the full article on NKYtribune.com

 

IndieGogo Campaign

May 15, 2015

We launched an IndieGogo campaign on April 15th to help bring awareness to our efforts to raise funds for the Big Bone Lick visitor center renovation. The campaign on IndieGogo ran for 30 days and raised $2,400 in donations.

We offered a variety of perks in addition to donations, from books about the people and animals of Big Bone Lick valley, one of a kind experiences such as a Bison Encounter and Dinner with Fossils, to campaign exclusive items such as a t-shirt and tote bag.