You can help PRI bring Daring to Dig to life

A new national outreach project on women in American paleontology

The Museum of the Earth at PRI has developed a major new traveling exhibition, Daring to Dig: Women in Paleontology, featuring stories of the women who have shaped American paleontology. This multimedia exhibition will be a source of inspiration to young women interested in STEM fields as it documents a series of important but underappreciated chapters in American history.

Project partners, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and the Michigan State University Museum, will host the traveling exhibition after it leaves the Museum of the Earth.

This national outreach project will include programming for teachers and educators, a website featuring additional content and video interviews, and a book.

Carlotta Maury

A federal grant of $137,419 has been awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as part of the Museums for America program. The awarded IMLS grant is a matching grant; PRI will need to raise the same amount of funds to move forward with the project.

We are asking for your help to raise the remaining funds required to make this meaningful project a reality! Please consider making a donation to PRI in support of Daring to Dig. Donations received through this website are currently being used to enhance our archive of interviews with current women paleontologists. Approximately 35 paleontologists from across the country have been interviewed so far. As funding allows, we will continue to conduct interviews, edit those that have already been recorded, and increase the number of women paleontologists featured on the Daring to Dig: Women in Paleontology website. Your contribution will build a thorough archive of oral accounts that document the field over the past 50 years, and in their online form will inspire future generations of girls to explore paleontology.

You can visit the Daring to Dig website at


For additional information on how to contribute to this project, please contact PRI’s Development Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 607-273-6623 x111.

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