WHAT: The Lost Wallace Collection: The Collection of the Man Who Wasn't Darwin

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011*, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
*While Café Scientifique events are normally held on the first Tuesday of each month, please note that this event will be held the second Tuesday due to the Labor Day Holiday.

WHERE: The Front Page restaurant, near Ballston Metro.
Located at 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203 on the ground floor of the National Science Foundation (NSF) building. Parking is available under the NSF building or at Ballston Common Mall.

WHO: Presented by Robert Heggestad

HOW: Please come early to order table service and socialize.
Special half-price burgers start at 5:30 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by Q&A. No science background required — only an interest! Café Scientifique is free and open to the public. Registration requested. Register online here.

ABOUT THE TOPIC: In 1964, a rose wood veneered collector's cabinet was sold in an unclaimed baggage sale to a Philadelphia antiques dealer. The collection was re-sold at auction and subsequently purchased from an Arlington, Virginia antiques dealer by Robert Heggestad, a Washington attorney. Mr. Heggestad, who used the collection primarily as a late-night show-and-tell curiosity, did not begin to research the provenance of the collection until 2007 when he contacted the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Both museums studied the collection and concluded it belonged to Alfred Russel Wallace and had immense historical and scientific importance. Dr. David Grimaldi at the AMNH described it as as a "national treasure." The speaker will discuss his three years of research and share a presentation of the drawers and individual specimens, many of which are discussed in Wallace's Narrative of Travels on the Amazon and Rio Negro, the Malay Archipelago and Wallace’s numerous papers on various theories of natural selection. The collection is currently on loan to the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and is on private display at the J. F. Cullman Library.

SUPPORT THIS CAFÉ: The Ballston Science and Technology Alliance, a nonprofit organization, is the sponsor of Café Scientifique Arlington. Since April 2006, the goal of Café Scientifique has been to make science more accessible and accountable by featuring speakers whose expertise spans the sciences and who can talk in plain English. Please go to www.arlingtonvirginiausa.com/bsta and contribute. Help keep Café Scientifique open and free to all!

COMING NEXT: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, John McClain, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Center for Regional Analysis, GMU will present "Regional Economic Performance and Outlook."

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