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June 26, 2008
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Interior Museum Opens Photography Exhibition,
A Sea of Tallgrass: the Konza Prairie

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An exhibition of photographs by Judd Patterson entitled A Sea of Tallgrass: the Konza Prairie will open to the public on July 18, 2008 at the Interior Museum in the main U.S. Department of the Interior building in the nation’s capital. The exhibition will be on view until Sept. 12, 2008.

The prairies of North America at one time covered a large region of America’s West and Midwest. The Konza Prairie, located near Manhattan, Kansas, is a small, untouched tallgrass prairie that was preserved by efforts of Kansas State University and the Nature Conservancy. This virgin ecosystem provides Department of the Interior scientists and others operating research projects with opportunities to study how plants, animals, soil, water and the climate interact. The photography of Judd Patterson provides an extraordinary glimpse into the unique and varied beauty of flora and fauna of the tallgrass prairie.

What: Photography Exhibition - A Sea of Tallgrass: the Konza Prairie
When: Friday, July 18, 2008 to Sept. 12, 2008.
Where: The Interior Museum at the U.S. Department of the Interior,
1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240.

About the Interior Museum: The Interior Museum interprets the history of the U.S. Department of the Interior and promotes the current work of the bureaus. It is located on the first floor of the Main Interior Building at 1849 C Street, NW between 18th and 19th Streets. The museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm and from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm on the third Saturday of each month, except for all Federal holidays. Entrance is free but all adults must have photo ID to enter the building. For more information, please call 202-208-4743 or see the website www.doi.gov/interiormuseum.

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