Martha, a Passenger Pigeon

images for Martha, a Passenger Pigeon
Category
Historic Images of the Smithsonian
Martha is no longer on exhibit. See also MNH-917 close-up for a closer view.
Summary
A passenger pigeon Martha (named after Martha Washington), the last survivor of an American species that numbered in the millions prior to the 1880's, died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914. Her body was donated to the Smithsonian Institution and brought to the United States National Museum, now the National Museum of Natural History, for permanent preservation. Mounted in a display case with this notation: "MARTHA, last of her species, died at 1 p.m., 1 September 1914, age 29, in the Cincinnati Zoological Garden. EXTINCT", this bird documents an unhappy chapter in the conservation of wildlife.
Contained within
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7410, Box 1, Folder 4
Contact information
Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu
Topic
Birds
Cincinnati
Exhibitions
Extinct birds
Martha (Animal)
Ornithology
Passenger Pigeons
Taxidermy
Zoological Gardens
Zoological specimens--Collection and preservation
Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Restrictions & Rights
No restrictions
Author
Unknown
Subject
United States National Museum
National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
National Collections
Cincinnati Zoo
Physical description
Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Animal, Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print
1967
Place
North America
Type
Photographic print
Exhibit
Standard number
SIA2010-0612 and MNH-917