Lew Crampton to speak to BlackHawk Sierra Club

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President and CEO of the Burpee Museum of Natural History Lew Crampton recently announced he is leaving the Burpee. As a final public appearance, he will speak at a program at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner St., Rockford. The program is sponsored by BlackHawk Sierra Club and is free and open to the public. Crampton will speak about the topic “I Wish You a Green Future.”

Some of the Burpee’s accomplishments under his leadership include the following:

Making the transition from a locally-oriented museum with a curatorial focus to a regional science education institution with strong appeal to families and tourists.

Museum attendance and revenues grew more than 200 percent in five years during a period when national museum attendance either declined or grew in the low single digits. Approximately 60 percent of the museum visitors are from outside Rockford.

The museum expedition to the Montana Badlands made a high-profile discovery of a remarkably complete and well-preserved juvenile T. rex named “Jane.”

As an environmentalist, Crampton has been a big supporter of the Four Rivers Environmental Council; he has spoken to the Rockford City Council in support of the Cool Cities Campaign; he has put in a rooftop garden; and he has been responsible for an environmental study of the Rock River.

This will be his swan song, in which BlackHawk Sierra Club has asked him to speak about Rockford’s environment, both good and bad. For more information, contact Stanley Campbell, conservation chairman of the BlackHawk Sierra Club, at (815) 964-7111.

from the Sept. 19 – 25, 2007, issue

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