Amarillo College Natural History Museum
Backstory and Context
The museum was founded by the late Richard Howard, who was a biology faculty member. Howard traveled all over the world to collect insect specimens. His collection served as the basis for the museum, which was established in the 1970s. The butterflies he acquired are popular among museum visitors. Notable specimens on display include a hammerhead shark, a Cape buffalo from Africa, an eight-inch Goliath butterfly, Titanus giganteus (one of the largest beetles in the world), and a bald eagle. The museum has grown since is founding, using grants to add to the collection or expand its services. The museum is also focused on education outreach to local schools and anyone else interested in the museum.
Wyatt, Joe. "College's Natural History Museum is teeming with exotic specimens." Amarillo College. Accessed November 26, 2019. https://www.actx.edu/blog/id/317.