Community of Curiosity - March: Women's History Month

This month, we take a closer look at some of the various contributions women have made throughout history to both science and culture.

Explore our resources below, plus additional programming!

At the Museum


Educators will be available for interactive programming Thursdays and Fridays in March from 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter

Learn about the life and work of Mary Anning, one of the world’s first paleontologists.


Saturdays throughout March at 11:00 a.m. Capacity is 25 visitors; reservations onsite or by calling 414-278-2728 are strongly recommended.

March 1 - March 15: Women Artisans of Africa

Learn about the amazing variety of crafts done by women throughout Africa, and how they keep their culture flourishing.

March 16 - March 31: Women of Milwaukee

Learn about the remarkable women that helped shape Milwaukee’s history.

At Home

Can't make it to MPM? Missed us on the floors? Watch our video instead!

March is Women’s History Month, and the Milwaukee Public Museum is highlighting some of the astonishing contributions women have made to science throughout history. This video introduces one of the first, and most important, paleontologists.

Women of MPM

Many of the women who work at MPM are trailblazers in their fields. Watch our videos highlighting their careers and work that have helped shape the Museum through the years and continue to inspire us today.

MPM Women's History Month 2023: Meet Kathy Tate, Visitor Services Representative

MPM Women's History Month 2023: Meet Dawn Koceja, Community Engagement & Advocacy Officer

MPM Women's History Month 2023: Meet Nancy Kruschke, Exhibit Artist

MPM Women's History Month 2023: Meet Billie Harrison, Puelicher Butterfly Wing Technician

MPM Women's History Month 2023: Meet Dawn Scher Thomae, Curator of Anthropology

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MPM Curator of Geology Collections and Senior Collection Manager Patricia Coorough Burke shares her research about the upper Midwest during the Silurian Period, the richness and diversity of life during this time, and how MPM’s fossil collections help researchers analyze how life has changed over time. 


After watching this episode of MPM Untold, keep learning with the Virtual Silurian Reef, a joint project between the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Chicago Field Museum.

Did you know that Milwaukee used to be underwater? It’s true! It also used to be on the equator. During the Silurian Period of the Earth’s history about 425 million years ago, much of North America was covered by a shallow, tropical sea. Reefs flourished with corals, crinoids, brachiopods, and many other plant and animal species. Here’s the best part: You can still see the Silurian Reef today, and it’s a lot closer than you might realize. Print out our Silurian Reef fossil identification guide and Silurian Reef locations, and head outdoors to explore the Silurian Reef in southeastern Wisconsin.




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Zoology Collections Manager Julia Colby provides information about a bird we’ve probably all seen and heard: the red-winged blackbird. Watch the video to learn more not only about this familiar piece of our local web of life, but how scientists use MPM’s Zoology collections and data to learn about animals like the blackbird.


Working at a museum or studying museum collections aren’t the only ways to be a scientist! Use this handy guide to find lots of different ways you and your family can get involved in scientifically studying - and protecting - the natural world.


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Registrar and Head of Photography Archives Sara Podejko gives a behind-the-scenes look at how museums like MPM support scientific research and learning around the world through the careful work of lending MPM artifacts and specimens to other museums.  


Registrars often perform conservation activities on museum collections, highly scientific work that analyzes an object’s physical properties to figure out the best way to keep it safe long-term. Try your hand at some conservation work by making a plant press to preserve plant specimens.


MPL Booklist

Want to learn more about this month's theme? Milwaukee Public Library has put together a list of recommended reading for both children and adults!