The Randolph Mammoth will be moving to its new home at the end of April, giving the Cattaraugus County Museum less than a month with the artifact.
In order to allow as many people as possible to see the mammoth before it departs, the Cattaraugus County Museum will host a "Farewell to the Randolph Mammoth" event on Saturday, April 21.
The museum will be open from 12 to 4 p.m., with a 1 p.m talk given by Dr. Robert Feranec, the Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the New York State Museum. The talk will focus on the history and scientific significance of the Randolph Mammoth specimen.
In May of 1934, workers using a power scraper to dig a pond at the state fish hatchery near Randolph made a startling discovery. They unearthed what was later identified as the skull and tusks of a Columbian mammoth; a particularly rare find for the region. In the days that followed, much excitement was generated in the area as locals flocked to the dig site to witness the excavation.
After years of waiting, the Cattaraugus County Museum was thrilled to host the Randolph Mammoth when it finally returned to Cattaraugus County in July 2016, on loan from the State Museum.
The Cattaraugus County Museum is located in the Stone House, 9824 Route 16 in Machias. Their regular hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 353-8200 with any questions, or visit their website at www.cattco.org/museum.