THE 50 COOLEST THINGS AT TELLUS
Tellus Science Museum
Jose Santamaria & Shaw Kinsley
with a foreword by G. Wayne Clough,
Secretary Emeritus Smithsonian Institution
Designed, composed, and published for Tellus Science Museum
by Nathan W. Moehlmann, Goosepen Studio & Press
Casebound with dust jacket: $29.95 | 96 pages | 9.5" by 11.00"
ISBN 978-0-9898125-2-8 | Summer 2015
One of the nation’s leading destinations for dynamic science exhibits and enriching educational experiences for visitors of all ages, Tellus Science Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, shares its passion for science in Cartersville, Georgia, with a 50-acre campus featuring a state-of-the art observatory and 20-inch telescope, a 120-seat digital planetarium, and a 120,000-square-foot museum with an extraordinary array of exhibits. Nowhere else in the Southeast can one find such extensive exhibits all offered by one institution. Since Tellus opened its doors in 2009, many of the 200,000 annual visitors have marveled at their quantity, quality, and authenticity. This book tells the stories of fifty of the most engaging exhibits at Tellus, from a 150-million-year-old Apatosaurus femur and its supporting 82-foot-long cast skeleton, to the Weinman Mineral Gallery (the Southeast’s best mineral collection); from the world’s first patented automobile, the 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, to a nose cap of the space shuttle Columbia and a moon rock from the Apollo missions; from the Tellus Art Collection, to gigantic heavy mining machinery, to dynamic proof of the Earth’s rotation demonstrated by the Foucault Pendulum in the museum’s grand foyer — The 50 Coolest Things at Tellus engages, educates, and inspires scientific curiosity like a visit to Tellus itself.
Jose Santamaria has been director of Tellus Science Museum, formerly the Weinman Mineral Museum, since 1996. Born in Cuba, Jose grew up in Atlanta, where he earned a degree in visual arts at Georgia State University. Prior to entering the museum field, he worked in the restaurant business and ran an art studio for fifteen years. His life-long interest in geology, minerals, and science in general led him to his current position at Tellus. During his tenure, Jose has supervised the design and implementation of the museum’s interactive educational programs, overseen the expansion of the 9,000-square-foot earth science museum into a 120,000-square-foot science facility, and directed the design and installation of the museum’s exhibits. Jose is a past president of both the Georgia Mineral Society and the Rome Georgia Mineral Society. He currently serves as the Rome club’s chair for the annual gem and mineral show. He lives in
a restored 1890s Victorian house in downtown Rome, Georgia, with his wife Maia and their dogs and cats.
Shaw Kinsley is a freelance author based in Tubac, Arizona, where he is currently the director of the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. He has authored and co-authored books on religious symbolism, the instruments of dendrochronology, local history, and biographies. A native of Boulder, Colorado, Shaw has a B.A. from the University of Colorado, a M.S. in library science from Pratt Institute, and a M.Sc. in the history of science from Oxford University. He has worked with collections at the New York Academy of Medicine, Weill-Cornell Medical College, the Museum of the History of Science, and the Center for Creative Photography. He lives in Arizona’s first European settlement and enjoys announcing classical music on Tucson’s public radio station in his spare time.