Thursday, December 18, 2014
By Kacie Svoboda
On Saturday, Dec. 13, the Black Hills Institute of Geological Research (BHI) opened its doors to the public for a special unveiling. A skull cast of Sue, the famous Tyrannosaurus rex, was donated to the museum as a permanent part of its exhibit.
“This is the perfect time to welcome a part of Sue back home,” said Peter Larson, president of Black Hills Institute. “This is a celebration which we have long awaited.”
This celebration is thanks to Nicholas Pritzker, vice president of the Pritzker Foundation and benefactor of the Field Museum of Natural History’s Sue exhibit, who contacted the institute earlier this year. Pritzker was moving from Chicago to San Francisco and wanted BHI to have his cast of Sue’s skull.
“We’re thankful to Nicholas Pritzker for his donation to our museum,” said Bob Farrar, co-owner of BHI.
The museum is excited to have this piece of Sue returning, especially as it is working toward bringing much more of Sue to BHI.
“I am happy to say that we are also in discussions with Dr. Richard Lariviere, CEO of the Field Museum, in an attempt to bring a cast of Sue’s complete skeleton back to South Dakota,” Larson said.