Greene Smith's Ornithon T-Shirt



Greene's Bird House
Image of the Bird House in Peterboro, NY on front of  light blue T-shirt


From childhood on, Greene Smith actively pursued life as a dedicated naturalist and first-class citizen-scientist. He began buying birds, both living and “skins,” as a teenager. By May of 1863, barely 21, Greene had designed and built his “Bird House,” a three-story, state-of-the- art museum facility in Peterboro, envisioned as home for his growing collection of birds, nests, and eggs 

He became an expert ornithologist who lectured at Cornell University. His donation of 362 bird specimens in 1869 established that new college’s collection and helped lay foundation for today’s world-renowned Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. A gifted, self-taught taxidermist, he worked directly with the Smithsonian Institution to build their collections. He also corresponded with leading experts of the day, including Dr. Spencer Baird of the Smithsonian and Audubon’s longtime field naturalist J. G. Bell, who became a good friend. 
A community heritage gift shop, located within the Visitors Center on the Gerrit Smith Estate, National Historic Landmark, in Peterboro NY. The Mercantile is staffed and operated under the management of the Smithfield Community Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic Peterboro.


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