For Immediate Release
Contact: Alicia Borrego Pierce 505-264-5464


December 17, 2012  Albuquerque, NM - The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science’s book, Triassic Hall: Building the Triassic Exhibit from the Ground Up, tells a story that is rarely told; a story about the building of a museum exhibit--literally, from the ground up.
Written by Jaenet Guggenheim and Dr. Spencer Lucas and published by Santa Fe’s Azro Press in 2011, the book documents a very rare behind-the-scenes view of the building of the only Triassic exhibit hall in North America - a story so unique and so well told that the book has now won four national awards. 
Guggenheim and Lucas’s story takes the reader on a unique journey from finding that first fossil in the field, to the conceptual ideas that lead to the development, the design, the fabrication and the installation of the exhibit.  The journey ends with the grand opening of the exhibit in May of 2008, which boosted the Museum’s annual attendance that year to over 250,000 visitors.  In reading the book, the reader is introduced to the museum’s staff, students and volunteers who were responsible for building the Museum’s Triassic Exhibit.  From the shaking of plaster to the sparks of a welder, this book tells it all.
In November 2012, an etui was built as a means to display the awards and trophies garnered by this book.  It is now on display in the NatureWorks Discovery Store, at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
List of awards:
2012 Winner NM-AZ Book Awards: Best New Mexico Book; Juvenile Winner NM-AZ Book Awards.
1st Place Winner 2012 Benjamin Franklin Award: Teen Nonfiction 13-18 years old.
ForeWord Review: Finalist Book of the Year Award
NMBA Southwest Book Design and Production Finalist: Children and Young Adults.
About the authors:
Spencer G. Lucas is a stratigrapher and paleontologist who has been Curator of Geology and Paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA) since 1988 and has been the Museum’s Chief Curator since 2009. He received a B. A. degree from the University of New Mexico (1976) and M. S. (1979) and Ph.D. (1984) degrees from Yale University. Lucas’s research has focused on biostratigraphic problems of the late Paleozoic, Mesozoic and early Cenozoic. Lucas has published 7 books and edited or co-edited more than 70 volumes.
Jaenet Guggenheim (1963-2011) was born in New York City and began writing and illustrating books at an early age. She became an accomplished and published author and an illustrator of children's books.  In addition to Triassic Hall: Building the Triassic Exhibit from the Ground Up, her other published credits include Next Week When I'm Big, Grow Grow Grow, and Herman and Poppy Go Singing in the Hills.
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science preserves and interprets the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning.