regarding natural history museum

Soowon Cho soowon at TRUT.CHUNGBUK.AC.KR
Fri Jan 25 14:31:02 CST 2002

Dear members,

In Korea, we do not have a national museum of natural history.  To us,
it is a shame and we have worked hard for the government to decide to
build one over the last ten years.  So far, it is now a governmental
plan (I mean, just a plan) to begin building it in two to three years. 
To make sure they follow the plan (we feel desperate as such plan has
been postponed, cancelled, or disappeared in the past), we recently
organized a corporation, the (Korean) Association for the Study of
Natural History Museum.

Recently in Korea, several provincial or city museums of natural history
are planned, although many are actually for exhibition only, and we
think we can help them to make a better museum in quality by providing
systematically professional guidelines and assistance in exhibition,
education, collection, research, and many other areas.

As the head of the standing committee, I am hoping that we can get your
inputs in many ways until our final purpose is achieved (I am hoping
that the goal in Korea is well aligned with our goal in the Earth.).

The followings are what I wish I can get informations and advices from
all of you.  Any kind of help is greatly appreciated.
1. Writing a letter to us and/or to the government to emphasize the
importance of having a national museum of natural history in Korea
        Soowon Cho
        Head of the Standing Committee
        The Association for the Study of Natural History Museum
        Department of Agricultural Biology
        Chungbuk National University
        Cheongju, 361-763
        Dae-Jung Kim
        President of the Republic of Korea
        1, Sejong-ro, Jongno-gu
        Seoul, KOREA
        (hope I can get a copy if you send a letter to the president.)

2. How to establish a natural history museum, its process of preparing,
time and money allocations, what to prepare before actually buiding it,

3. Your personal, institutional, or national criteria for natural
history museums to be accepted as a natural history museum

4. Actual budgetary allocations and the sizes of specimens and
researchers and workers of your museums and institutions (especially on
researches and researchers: governmental people often think museums are
for exhibitions only)

5. Function of such associations for natural history museums if there
is, or what you think we can do

Thank you for your letters, e-mails, brochures, homepages, or any kind
of advice.



์กฐ ์ˆ˜ ์›
Cho, Soowon

Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural Biology
Chungbuk National University
Cheongju, 361-763

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