We took the opportunity to drive down to Massachusetts to Amherst (about 90 south of us) to visit the Beneski Museum of Natural History on the campus of Amherst College. I had read a little about the displays they have there and, with my interest in geology, wanted to go see it.
Edward Hitchcock was the third president of Amherst college. He is a fascinating man, one whom I quoted (among many others) in my Geology Master’s thesis literature review section. Hitchcock was a preeminent early geologist who was also a Christian. He believed very strongly in the dual revelations of God in nature and in the Bible. Hitchcock studied and wrote about his geologic observations and proposed various ways to harmonize scripture with the increasingly abundant fossil record, age of the earth, and variety of sedimentary structures. His views are not unlike the views still proposed by some in the science/faith debate today, including Reasons to Believe, of which I have been a supporter for many years.
The primary reason that I wanted to come to this museum is that I had read about the display they had about local geology, in particular regarding the Connecticut River valley and the glaciation effects in the region.