MSU Museum

Location: East Lansing, MI 48823, USA

Description: You are about to visit some of the places on the Michigan State University campus that relate to the story of Dutch Elm Disease, the dying robins and other birds, and the likely impacts of DDT.

The MSU Museum is the natural science and cultural museum of Michigan State University. Established in 1857, the Museum holds nearly a million objects in its collections. Amongst those collection objects are some of the robins that were found dead or dying by Professor George Wallace and his students John Mehner and Richard Bernard in the 1950s to 1960s. A number of those robins are on display in the exhibit, Echoes of Silent Spring.

The walking trail is 1.5 miles long and takes about 45 minutes to complete. There are small exhibits housed in two buildings along the route. It is all on flat terrain and is suitable for wheel chairs-some building access will be via only one door. There are road crossings so please use marked crossings and be aware of traffic. The first stop is only 30 yards from the Museum.

Exit the Museum via the main door and turn right. Stop at the large tree in front of the Museum near the loading dock, and read its label. It is an American Elm. Elms are at the heart of the Silent Spring story at Michigan State University. Continue until you reach Beaumont Tower.

Order: Stop 1

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