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Archived news 2004—2009

Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project

“Bringing DINOSAURS to Iowa”

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July 2004:  A Dinosaur is Discovered

 

David Wolf of “Two Girls Fossils” discovers the bones of a juvenile duck-billed dinosaur (later to be named “Laura”) eroding out of the badlands north of Dupuyer, Montana on private land in the Two Medicine Formation.  He and his crew begin excavation of the fossil skeleton.

 

April 2005:  Dinosaur Dig Continues

 

Members of David Wolf’s crew continue excavation of the juvenile duck-billed dinosaur’s bones in Montana.  David puts the word out that the fossil skeleton is for sale.

 

May 2005: Commitment Made to Purchase Fossil Dinosaur

 

After “Fossil Guy” Don Johnson learns of the dinosaur discovery, he gathers together a number of financial sponsors and agrees to purchase the fossil from “Two Girls Fossils.”  Don names the dinosaur after his daughter Laura.  He hopes to have “Laura the Kid Dinosaur” go on public display in Eastern Iowa along with the rest of his collection as part of a world-class paleontology exhibit.

 

June 2005: New Organization Named

 

“Fossil Guy” Don Johnson names the group effort to purchase “Laura the Kid Dinosaur.”  The new name is “The Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project” (EIPP).

 

June 2005:  Dinosaur Dig Completed

 

David Wolf and crew complete the excavation of the fossil skeleton of “Laura” in phase three of the dig.  The skeleton is now over 90% complete.  After David returns home to Houston, TX in August, he carefully packs the skeleton for shipment to Iowa.

 

September 2005:  Fossil Skeleton of “Laura” Arrives in Eastern Iowa

 

The fossil skeleton of “Laura” arrives in Eastern Iowa, the bones wrapped and packed in large shipping containers.  EIPP Sponsor Dave Brissey and EIPP President Don Johnson unpack and organize the bones.  We appreciate Dave’s subsequent efforts in preparing the fossil bones in his home shop.

 

October 16, 2005:  'Tis a gathering...  What kind of gathering?

 

The sponsors of the Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project (EIPP) and their families and special guests meet at Macbride Hall on the University of Iowa campus for the first viewing in Iowa of the fossil bones of “Laura the Juvenile Duck-billed Dinosaur.”  President "Fossil Guy" Don Johnson laid out the bones on a large section of carpeting for all to see.  Those in attendance assisted in unpacking the remaining bones, and even helped prepare the fossil bones.  We would like to thank the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History for providing the space for this gathering.

 

Fall 2005:  “Fossil Guy” Educational Programs at UIMNH

 

“Fossil Guy” Don Johnson teaches another series of educational programs on Saturday afternoons at the UI Museum of Natural History with the theme “Twilight of the Dinosaur Age.”  Dates and titles below…

 

October 29:  "Experience the Bite of T. rex"

November 5:  "Meet 'Laura' the Duck-billed Dinosaur"

November 12: "Not Just Dinosaur Bones"

November 19:  “Under the Feet of Triceratops"


November 5, 2005:  First Public Showing of “Laura” a Great Success!

 

The first public showing of the fossil skeleton of “Laura the Juvenile Duck-billed Dinosaur” on November 5, 2005 at the UI Museum of Natural History was a great success!  With 140 people in attendance, EIPP President “Fossil Guy” Don Johnson told the story of Laura’s discovery and excavation and taught the audience about his favorite dinosaurs, the duckbills.

 

Spring 2006:  “Fossil Guy” Educational Programs at UIMNH

 

“Fossil Guy” Don Johnson completes another series of educational programs on Saturday afternoons at the UI Museum of Natural History (UIMNH) this spring.  The schedule is as follows…

 

March 25:  “Sabertooth Cats and Their Prey”

April 1:  “The Complete Dinosaur”

April 8:  “Survivor Among the Mammals”

April 15:  “The Best of the Rest of ‘Fossil Guy’”

 

Fall 2006:  “Fossil Guy” Educational Programs at UIMNH

 

Fossil Guy” Don Johnson teaches a series of programs on Saturday afternoons at the UI Museum of Natural History with the theme “Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs!”  Dates and titles below…

 

October 7:  “The Common Sense T. rex

October 14:  “Bringing Dinosaurs to Eastern Iowa”

October 21:  “Feathered Killer!”

October 28:  “Become a Dinosaur Detective!”

 

March 2007:  “Fossil Guy” Educational Programs at UIMNH

 

“Fossil Guy” Don Johnson completes a series of programs on Saturday afternoons at the UI Museum of Natural History with the theme “The Whisperings of Old Bones.”  Dates and titles below…

 

March 3:  “Predators and Prey from the Ice Age”

March 10:  “Mammals from a Lost World”

March 24:  “Become a Paleo Private Eye”

 

March 17-18, 2007:  Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show in Cedar Rapids

 

“2007 Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show” sponsored by the Cedar Valley Rocks & Minerals Society (CVRMS) is a great success with 2,890 in attendance!  The show is held at the Teamsters Union Hall in Cedar Rapids.  “Fossil Guy” Don Johnson promotes the EIPP with a mini-exhibit and program titled “Predatory Dinosaurs.”  Attendees also learn about the giant ground sloth finds by the UI Museum of Natural History.

 

Spring/Summer 2007:  “The World of T. rex” at the Science Station!

 

The EIPP presents a mini-exhibit titled "The World of T. rex" from April 7 through July 27, 2007 at the Cedar Rapids Science Station.  EIPP President “Fossil Guy” Don Johnson displays much of his dinosaur collection - including the “Peck’s Rex” full-size T. rex skull replica and bones of “Laura the Kid Dinosaur,” as well as many dinosaur fossils, replicas, and models to promote the EIPP.

 

Spring 2007: “Fossil Guy” Programs at the Science Station

 

"Fossil Guy" Don Johnson, EIPP President, presents the following educational programs on Saturdays at 2pm at the Cedar Rapids Science Station, free to the general public.  The schedule is as follows...

 

April 21:  "T. rex: Big Bully of the Cretaceous."

May 12:  "Meet Laura, the Duck-billed Dinosaur!”

 

November 2007:  “Fossil Guy” Educational Programs at UIMNH

 

Don Johnson, “The Fossil Guy,” teaches another series of educational programs on Saturdays at 2pm at the UI Museum of Natural History.  Dates and titles below…

 

November 3:  “Twilight of the Dinosaur Age”

November 10:  “Chewing Up the Ice Age”

November 17:  “What was an Oreodont?”

 

November 13, 2007: “Fossil Guy” Program in Dyersville a Big Success!

 

“Fossil Guy” Don Johnson presents his program “Twilight of the Dinosaur Age” at 7:00pm at the James Kennedy Public Library in Dyersville, IA.  The classroom is filled to capacity with 120 people in attendance!  In addition, the Friends of the James Kennedy Public Library become new EIPP financial sponsors at the Patron Level.  We welcome them to the project!

 

First EIPP Board Meeting on Tuesday, November 20, 2007

 

The new Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project (EIPP) Board of Directors has its first meeting at the Edgewater Grille Restaurant at the Coralville Marriott at 7:30pm.  Future plans of the project including nonprofit incorporation, and the possible establishment of a new museum are discussed at the meeting.

 

EIPP Board Approves Articles of Incorporation on February 27, 2008

 

The Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project (EIPP) Board of Directors meets at the Edgewater Grille Restaurant at the Coralville Marriott at 7:30pm and approves the Articles of Incorporation for the EIPP.

 

IMPORTANT NEWS:  The Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project, Inc. (EIPP) is officially an Iowa nonprofit corporation as of March 3, 2008.   Click here to view the Articles of Incorporation of the EIPP on the Secretary of State website.  The EIPP is a public benefit corporation as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the 1986 Federal Internal Revenue Code.  As such, the full amount of any donation is eligible for deduction on the donor’s federal and state income tax returns.  Click here to learn more about becoming an EIPP financial sponsor!

 

Saturday, March 22, 2008: “Fossil Guy” at Cedar Rapids Toyota!

 

Don “The Fossil Guy” Johnson makes a special appearance at Cedar Rapids Toyota this afternoon.  “Dinosaur Fossil Hunting Out West” is the topic for the afternoon.  Visitors get a close look at “The DinoCruiser” at this event.  We thank the Paul & Kim Aus family for sponsoring this event!

 

April 2008:  “Fossil Guy” Educational Programs at UIMNH

 

“Fossil Guy” Don Johnson teaches another series of educational programs focusing on dinosaurs at 2pm on the following Saturdays at the UI Museum of Natural History.  The schedule is as follows…

 

April 12:  “When Tyrannosaurs Roamed Montana”

April 19:  “Duck-billed Dinosaurs: Pretty Faces of the Cretaceous”

April 26:  “Raptor Dinosaurs: Feathered Killers!”

 

Thursday, September 11, 2008: “Fossil Guy” Program in Dyersville

 

“Fossil Guy” Don Johnson presents his program “What was an Oreodont?” at 7:00pm at the James Kennedy Public Library in Dyersville, IA.  The EIPP thanks the City of Dyersville for paying for expenses and providing Don with an honorarium for this program.

 

EIPP Annual Board Meeting on Tuesday, October 28, 2008

 

The Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project (EIPP) Board of Directors has its annual meeting at the Edgewater Grille Restaurant at the Coralville Marriott at 7:00pm.  The 2008-09 Board of Directors is elected and future plans of the project are discussed.

 

November 2008:  “Fossil Guy” Educational Programs at UIMNH and Lindale Mall

 

“Fossil Guy” Don Johnson presents a series of educational programs focusing on dinosaurs at 2pm on Saturdays at the UI Museum of Natural History.  Don then repeats each program on the following day at 2pm at Lindale Mall in conjunction with the Science Station’s “Be the Dinosaur” exhibit.  The EIPP thanks the Cedar Valley Rocks & Minerals Society for sponsoring these programs.  Dates and titles below…

 

November 1 & 2: “Sharp Teeth and Claws in the Age of Dinos”

November 8 & 9: “Veggiesauruses Large and Small”

November 15 & 16: “Under the feet of T. rex

 

EIPP Board Meeting on Tuesday, January 27, 2009

 

The Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project (EIPP) Board of Directors meets at the Edgewater Grille Restaurant at the Coralville Marriott at 7:00pm.  Two empty board positions are filled — Thanks Dave Brenzel and Meghann Mahoney for volunteering your time!  The board along with Ethan, Ausi, Whitney, and Lynette brainstorm ideas for Marion’s Imagine8 Campaign.

 

EIPP Board Meeting on Tuesday, February 24, 2009

 

The Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project (EIPP) Board of Directors meets again at the Edgewater Grille Restaurant at the Coralville Marriott at 7:00pm.  The board creates a new EIPP Youth Committee to get our young people more involved!  The board along with Ethan, Ausi, and Lynette continue to brainstorm ideas for Marion’s Imagine8 Campaign.

 

“Natural Science Education” Brainstorming Session for Imagine8, March 23, 2009

 

The Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project (EIPP) organizes a special brainstorming session for the City of Marion’s Imagine8 Campaign to generate ideas related to natural science education.  Sixteen citizens representing various local organizations attend the meeting at the Marion Public Library, and subsequently submit a number of new ideas to Imagine8.  Click here for details.

 

Spring 2009:  “Fossil Guy” Educational Programs at UIMNH

 

“Fossil Guy” Don Johnson teaches another series of educational programs on Saturdays at 2:00pm at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History (UIMNH).  The EIPP thanks the Cedar Valley Rocks & Minerals Society for sponsoring these programs.  The schedule is as follows…

 

April 18: “Feathered Dinosaurs Yesterday and Today”

April 25: “The World of the Giant Ground Sloth”

May 2: “Three-toed Horses and Other Strange Mammals

 

“The Great 8” Ideas Announced by Marion’s Imagine8 Campaign on June 4, 2009

 

Marion’s Imagine8 Campaign announces their top 8 ideas during 2009’s first “Marion By Moonlight” concert in Marion Square Park.  Natural science educational programming and exhibits are included as part of Idea #4 “Park It,” an idea for improving their city parks.

 

“Dinosaur Predator! Dinosaur Prey!” Programs in CR in July 2009

 

“Fossil Guy” Don Johnson presents a program titled “Dinosaur Predator! Dinosaur Prey!” sponsored by the Corridor A-Team at 2:00pm on Sunday, July 19 at the Peoples Church Unitarian Universalist in Cedar Rapids.  Don also presents the same program on Friday, July 17 to children age 6 & 7 attending the Science Station’s summer camp titled “Camposaurus Rex.”

 

September 12-13, 2009: Dinosaurs at the Fairfield Gem & Mineral Show

 

The EIPP provides a display titled “Dinosaur Evidence - Bones, Eggs, Footprints, and more!” at the Thirteenth Annual Gem & Mineral Show in Fairfield, IA this weekend hosted by the Sac & Fox Lapidary Club.  EIPP President Don Johnson presents a program titled “Feathered Dinosaurs: Yesterday & Today” at 2pm Saturday & Sunday.

 

Fall 2009:  “Fossil Guy” Educational Programs at UIMNH

 

“Fossil Guy” Don Johnson presents another series of educational programs on Saturdays at 2pm at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History.  The schedule is as follows…

 

September 19: Tyrannosaurus rex: Big Bully of the Cretaceous”

September 26: “When Giant Ground Sloths Roamed Iowa”

October 3“Laura the Hypacrosaurus and Other Duck-billed Dinosaurs”

 

EIPP Annual Board Meeting on Monday, October 5, 2009

 

After a planning meeting for the 1st Annual Fossil Fest of Iowa, the Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project (EIPP) Board of Directors has its annual meeting at Edgewater Grille Restaurant, Coralville Marriott at 8pm.  2009-10 Board Members are elected and Imagine8 involvement is discussed.

 

Saturday, October 24, 2009: The 1st Annual FOSSIL FEST OF IOWA

 

This special Cedar Rapids event sponsored by the EIPP was a great success with over 300 people in attendance!  Click here for further details.

 

EIPP Board Meeting on Monday, November 23, 2009

 

The Eastern Iowa Paleontology Project (EIPP) Board of Directors meets at the Edgewater Grille Restaurant at the Coralville Marriott at 7:00pm.  The board along with Terry Escher, Jim Preslicka, and Dale Stout brainstorm ideas for next year including Imagine8 participation and the new partnership with Cycad Productions Ltd.  The by-laws are changed to allow between 5 and 11 board members.  Jim Preslicka and Tiffany Adrain (in absentia) are elected to the board.

 

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