Wildlife Adventure Room Opens February 28

Frank's exhibit

A 10-foot polar bear is the featured attraction in the Wildlife Adventure Room which opens February 28 at the Dubois County Museum.

JASPER (From Sources) – The grand opening of the new Wildlife Adventure Room at the Dubois County Museum has been scheduled for Sunday, February 28..

After more than four years of acquiring the large collection of mounted animals, including a full sized 10 foot polar bear, from now deceased Dubois County resident and big game hunter Frank Fromme’s collection and other animals from the area, planning, building, moving animals, painting, displaying, adding a beautiful, painted mural, gathering sportsmen pictures, and adding identification, this new 2,000 square foot room devoted to wildlife is ready the grand opening..

Doors to the museum will open at 1 p.m. (the normal Sunday opening time). Grand opening ceremonies will begin at 1:30 in front of the Log House at the museum. Coordinator Tom Kellams will speak and then call upon family, friends, and local sportsmen to give some memories of Fromme’s hunts through the Americas and into Africa, as well as, hunts of their own.

The Adventure Room includes many animals and fish that are present today in the Patoka River and Patoka Lake regions, as well as a collection of birds from around the world that were used in a biology classroom at St. Meinrad Archabbey High School (now closed) and College and donated to this collection.  A bald eagle is also on display (with the necessary paper work).  It was formerly housed in art departments at Jasper College and Jasper High School,

Local sportsmen and conservation officers will be on hand to explain the role the hunter has in nature. Local sportsmen have contributed photos of their catches in an ongoing display for the Local Sportsman’s Wall in the exhibit room.

The museum will be open unril 4 p.m. for guests to tour the Wildlife Adventure Room and the many other exhibits on display at the museum.  Cookies and refreshments will be available.

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