From Yugan Sakthi, The Observer, comes notice of a new exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The exhibit covers the voyage of The Blossom, a ship with strong Cleveland connections that began a scientific expedition in 1923.
Not only was the Blossom’s expedition sponsored by the CMNH and manned by Clevelanders, but shares an intimate connection with Case Western Reserve University as well. The surveyor whose adapted map is on display was W.E. Rice, an associate professor of municipal engineering at the Case School of Applied Science.
The Blossom’s voyage is a testament to the energy and ambition of a period of time when the city of Cleveland reached the peak of its growth; in the 1920s, it was the fifth-largest city in the United States, and cultural institutions like the CMNH were spearheading research across the world.