The timeline below was developed through our own research as well as the work of Emily Enterline and Kate Madison. To learn more about individuals mentioned in the following posts please see the Cast of Characters page.
Otto E. Jennings (1877-1964) is appointed Custodian of Botany at Carnegie Museum
Jennings is appointed Curator of Botany
Andrey Avinoff (1884-1949) begins his tenure at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History as the Assistant Curator of Entomology
Leroy K. Henry (1905-1983) becomes Jennings’ assistant in Botany
Avinoff becomes Director of the Museum and Ottmar and Hanne von Fuehrer join the staff of the Museum as preparators and artists
Avinoff, Jennings, Henry, and the Garden Club of Allegheny County (GCAC) start to discuss constructing a botanical group. Avinoff, and others, accept the offer of the GCAC to construct the first diorama.
The Pennsylvania Spring Flora Group is unveiled
The Arizona Desert Group opens and Graham Netting becomes Assistant Curator
The Tropical or Florida Group opens to the public
The Alpine Meadow Group opens
The Pennsylvania Bog Group is unveiled
Re-opening of the renovated Hall of Botany
Jennings is Appointed Acting Director of the Museum
Henry becomes Curator in Botany
Clifford Morrow becomes Staff Artist in Exhibits
Netting is appointed Director of the Museum
Elizabeth P. Niedringhaus is appointed as a trainee in Botany.
The Lake Erie Diorama opens
Dorothy Pearth becomes Associate Curator of Botany and The Pennsylvania Hardwood Forest Group is opened. The hall is renovated (new paint, new carpet, and new labels)
The Kitchen Herb Garden Group opens