MAIZE: Mysteries of an Ancient Grain Exhibition
Saturday, June 17 - Monday, September 4
What is the common ingredient in peanut butter, laundry detergent, aspirin,
ice cream, and fireworks? Corn!
Called maize in most countries, corn was first domesticated by indigenous
peoples in Mexico 10,000 years ago, and humans have deliberately altered
and adapted this edible grain to meet their needs since then.Today, maize is
the largest production crop in the world.
This summer, during our MAIZE: Mysteries of an Ancient Grain exhibition,
we invite you to explore the science and history of maize and find out why it
continues to surprise us. Learn about fascinating advances in the science
of plant genetics, the process of evolution and how "useful mutations" can
address world health and hunger issues. See how maize was adopted by
Native Americans through historic and rare, corn-related objects from the
Permanent Collections of the Stamford Museum, including archaeological
material from the Stamford area that is more than 500 years old.
Developed and managed by the Paleontological Research Institution and its
Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, N.Y., and produced with funding from the
National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Program, this interactive
exhibition promises fun and engaging enrichment for the whole family.