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Brazoria County Historical Museum to host Internationally-Recognized Forensic Sculptor

Post Date:12/20/2017 2:30 PM

The Brazoria County Historical Museum will host internationally-recognized forensic sculptor, Amanda Danning, Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 pm. She will present “The Killing of Levi Morris, ” the tragic tale of a Buffalo Soldier buried at Fort Craig Cemetery in New Mexico, who went from
slave to soldier to death by axe.

Danning was raised in a small Texas town called Mabank. After she graduated from high school, Danning continued her education outside of the Lone Star State. She studied the arts at Florida Atlantic University where she received a B.S. in Art and a Master's in sculpture. She has been commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute for reconstructions of Jamestown settlers, Buffalo Soldiers, two of the oldest Paleo-Americans in North America and many others. Dr. Doug Owsley, Head of Anthropology National Museum of Natural History says, “It is rare to find someone whose work can help interpret and bring to life the past for so many people.” Amanda's work is on display at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and more than 30 museums across the nation.

Her expertise in facial reconstruction has become not only a passion of hers but also a career she takes pride in. She points out that the remains of a skull provide clues to personal appearance. The brow ridge, the distance between the eye orbits, the shape of the nasal chamber, the shape and projection of the nasal bones, the chin's form and the overall profile of the facial bones all determine facial features in life.

Through her forensic work, Amanda has also become a storyteller and presenter of the projects she has worked on. Her presentations have been featured at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, universities, public schools and for private events.

Brazoria County Historical Museum is located at 100 East Cedar in Angleton. Admission is free. For more information follow the Museum of Facebook or call 979-864-1208.


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