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Greene Smith: 19th C. Ornithologist, His Bird Collection and Museum

Smith, Greene & Wilson cpHiram Wilson, pictured left, with Greene Smith, ornithologist who built the Ornithon in Peterboro to house the thousands of specimens of birds, eggs, and nests that are now in collections at Colgate, Cornell and Harvard universities.

(Peterboro, NY – March 2015) The important contributions to the field of ornithology of citizen-scientist Greene Smith have been obscured by the Underground Railroad and abolition fame of Smith’s father Gerrit Smith. As important and well-known as are the Underground Railroad sites on the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark in Peterboro, it is Greene’s Ornithon that most piques visitors’ curiosity about the builder and collector of that bird museum. (more…)

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