Published: April 10, 2017

Photo of Junius Henderson

Junius Henderson

You might know that CU Boulder’s Museum of Natural History boasts the largest natural-history collection in the Rocky Mountain Region. But what about the man who kickstarted that legacy more than 80 years ago?

The museum, as part of its yearlong celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Henderson Building, will host a lecture on the life of the building’s namesake, Junius Henderson, on Wednesday, April 12.

Mona Lambrecht, curator of history and collections at the CU Heritage Center, will lead the look at Henderson’s life and his many scientific contributions.

Henderson, who followed his family to Boulder and initially worked as a lawyer and Boulder County judge, became the first curator of CU’s natural history collection.

When he retired in 1933, the university’s natural history collection was the largest in the region with about 1.25 million specimens. That figure is approaching 5 million today.

If you go

Who: Open to the public
What: “Junius Henderson: The Man and His Museum”
When: Wednesday, April 12, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: CU Museum of Natural History, Paleontology Hall

The Henderson Building, which now houses CU’s Museum of Natural History, opened in 1937, the year Junius Henderson died.

Wednesday’s event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the CU Museum of Natural History’s Paleontology Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public, and birthday cake will be served in the Henderson Building’s honor.