Presque Isle

Presque Isle Group

This diorama opened in 1966 and is also known as the Lake Erie or Lake Erie Beach plant group. It was created by the von Fuehrers in collaboration with Elizabeth Niedringhaus, who joined the museum in 1963. It was sponsored by the Pittsburgh Garden Center. This group was created under the leadership of Leroy K. Henry, who had succeeded Jennings as curator in 1947, and Dorothy Pearth, who was his assistant at this time. However, the idea to do Presque Isle was originally suggested by Jennings because it is a unique example of ecological succession.