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Mammoth mania gets underway at Iowa state historical museum

Monday, March 27, 2006

The State Historical Museum's 16,000-year-old woolly Mammoth will welcome Manny the Mammoth to Iowa when "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown," film opens at the Merle Hay Mall Cinema.

The theater will present a special viewing of the movie at 10 a.m., April 1, as a fundraiser for the State Historical Society of Iowa. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased by calling 515-283-1757 or can be purchased at the door. A portion of the proceeds benefit the historical society.

Additionally, on April 8 and 15, parents, grandparents, children and other Ice Age movie and mammoth fans are invited to "Ice Age Saturday," a celebration of the museum's biggest exhibit ever: "Mammoth: Witness to Change," which features the 16,000-year-old Hebior Mammoth discovered in Wisconsin and mammoth bones discovered at a construction site in Des Moines in 2001.

Fun-filled activities for the entire family will include learning the "Mammoth March" with professional dancer Janice Baker and the story of an ice boy and his family from professional storytellers. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The Historical Museum's Hebior mammoth died about 16,000 years ago not far from Lake Michigan in southeastern Wisconsin. In 1994, farmer John Hebior discovered the bones when he was digging a drainage ditch. Here was the most complete mammoth skeleton found to date in the Upper Midwest. Stone tools mark this as one of the earliest known butchering sites in North America. In 2001, workers in Des Moines unearthed the skeleton of a mammoth lying on the floor of the Raccoon River valley.

These bones, and those of the Hebior mammoth, are on display at the State Historical Museum.