FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 29, 2006
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
Plymouth Bluff Center celebrates completion of natural
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women’s
Plymouth Bluff Center celebrated the final piece to its
natural history museum on Thursday.
The natural history diorama—a three dimensional
scene--features four distinct natural areas and specimens of
animals and foliage found on or adjacent to the 190 acres of
property associated with the center.
“This is a banner day for the Plymouth Bluff Center because
we are celebrating the completion of our cultural and
natural history museum,” said Dr. Harry Sherman, coordinator
of public programs at the center.
Work on the museum began almost 10 years ago when Jon Jaeger
and his wife, Kathy Guest, were contracted for the job. The
couple owns Designing Eye, an Ohio-based museum exhibit art
Jaeger and Guest both graduated from the Tyler School of
Art, a part of Temple University, which is located in
Pennsylvania. His background is in design and illustration
and her areas of study include printmaking and silk
The couple began working on the latest addition to the
exhibit about six months ago. “There’s a lot of planning and
conceptualizing that goes into it.”
Their goal is to take real objects, learn the stories behind
the objects and turn them into a visual.
“It’s an interesting field. Every project we work on we
learn something new,” Guest added.
Jaeger, who also considers himself to be an
environmentalist, said, “I hope people will get an
appreciation of the importance of nature and taking care of
it because we depend on it.”
The Plymouth Bluff Center is operated by MUW on a sylvan,
190-acre riverfront site, which contains an important
Cretaceous fossil bed and more than four miles of nature and
fitness trails. This beautiful tranquil setting has 24
air-conditioned guest rooms, accommodations for catered
dining and a tennis court. Specializing in environmental
education, the facility has a state-of-the-art conference
center, making it an ideal setting for retreats, workshops
and meetings. For more information, call (662) 241-6214.