Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515)
(DES MOINES) –
The State Historical Museum’s
woolly Mammoth will welcome Manny the Mammoth to Des Moines in a few weeks
when “Ice Age 2: The Meltdown,” featuring the voices of Ray Romano,
John Leguizoma, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah and Jay Leno, opens at the Merle Hay
The theater will present
a special viewing of the movie at 10 a.m., April 1, as a fundraiser for the State
Historical Society of Iowa. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling 515-283-1757
or at the State Historical Building’s gift store, 600 E. Locust in Des Moines.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets
can also be purchased at the Merle Hay Mall Cinema in advance or at the door.
The theater is located behind the Merle Hay Mall at 3800 Merle Hay Road. A portion
of the proceeds benefit the State Historical Society of Iowa.
From 20th Century Fox and
Blue Sky Studios, “Ice Age 2: The Meltdown” features Manny (Ray Romano),
Sid (John Leguizamo) and Diego (Denis Leary) in another incredible adventure.
As the Ice Age is coming to an end, the animals are delighting in their new world:
a melting paradise of water parks, geysers and tar pits. But when Manny, Sid and
Diego discover that the miles of melted ice will flood their valley, they must
warn everyone and somehow figure out a way to escape the coming deluge.
Additionally, on April
8 and 15, parents, grandparents, children and other Ice Age movie and mammoth
fans are invited to “Ice Age Saturday,” a celebration of the museum’s
biggest exhibit ever: “Mammoth:
Witness to Change,” which features the 16,000-year-old Hebior Mammoth
discovered in Wisconsin and mammoth bones discovered at a construction site in
Des Moines in 2001.
Fun-filled activities for
the entire family will include learning the “Mammoth March” with professional
dancer Janice Baker and the story of an ice boy and his family from professional
storytellers. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling the museum gift store
at 515-283-1757 or at the door. The program will be offered at 10:30 a.m., 12:30
and 1:30 p.m. on both days. Proceeds benefit the State Historical Society of Iowa.
While “Ice Age 2:
The Meltdown” breathes animated life into story of the woolly mammoth, the
behemoth has come to symbolize the last Ice Age and the arrival of humans in the
Western Hemisphere. Here in Iowa, mammoth bones have been unearthed in the daily
activities of Iowans tilling the land, excavating for buildings and bridges, or
merely walking along creeks and streams. Finding mammoth bones reminds us that
change is ever present.
Remains of both woolly
mammoths and Columbian mammoths have been found in Iowa, but sometimes it’s
difficult to tell which is which. Bones and teeth of the two species are similar
and there are individual variations within each species.
The Historical Museum’s
Hebior mammoth died about 16,000 years ago in a small depression or pond not far
from Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin. Its body decomposed and wetland
sediment settled over it.
In 1994, farmer John Hebior
discovered the bones when he was digging a drainage ditch across an old pond.
A team of archeologists led by David Overstreet excavated the site.
What they found startled
many archeologists. Here was the most complete mammoth skeleton found to date
in the Upper Midwest. Ninety percent of the bones were still there. Even more
astounding was the discovery of stone tools and butchering marks on some of the
bones, making this one of the earliest known butchering sites in North America.
Later, in 2001, workers
digging 55 feet down through bedrock at an Allied Insurance construction site
in Des Moines unearthed the skeleton of a mammoth lying on the floor of the Raccoon
The construction workers
recognized the significance of the discovery and notified the executives of Allied
Insurance. They, in turn, contacted the State Historical Society of Iowa for assistance
and later donated the bones to the museum.
A small sample of the bone
was sent to Stafford Research Laboratories, Inc., in Colorado, for radiocarbon
dating. The bones were dated at 16,500 BP (before present).
These bones, and those
of the Hebior mammoth, are on display at the State Historical Museum.
The State Historical Museum
is operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, a trustee of Iowa’s
historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies,
records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical
resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all
ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages
and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout
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