iROC Lecture Series

Meet the Mastodons of Orange County

February 20, 2014 4:00 PM
MSMC Library, Dominican Center Room 218

On Thursday, February 20, Sr. Cecelia Murray, OP will present our next iROC seminar: Meet the Mastodons of Orange County.

While volunteering at Museum Village in Monroe, Sr. Cecilia researched and wrote an article about its resident mastodon, Harry, whose remains were found in Harriman decades ago.

In the process, she also studied what life was like in the Hudson Valley when the 10-ton mastodons thrived. Most people have no idea that Orange County is the world’s largest mastodon graveyard, but in actuality, we live in a vast mastodon cemetery that has already yielded 70 skeletons, with the possibility of discovering more.

Sr. Cecilia will describe how this summer project became an avocation. She will introduce the “Mastodons of Orange County” – not only Harry, but Sugar, Warren, Otis, and others, too – and explain why the local environment suited these creatures so well.

Cecilia Murray, OP, teaches in the Division of Philosophy and Religious Studies at MSMC. Her presentation will take place on Thursday, February 20 at 4 pm in the MSMC Library, Dominican Center Room 218.

Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

For more information about this or any of the iROC presentations, or to volunteer as an iROC speaker, please contact Dr. Doug Robinson, assistant professor of biology and coordinator of the iROC program, at 845-569-3648 or

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