- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Smithsonian is taking a major exhibition about human evolution on the road to public libraries.

The National Museum of Natural History developed a traveling exhibit with the American Library Association based on the museum’s Hall of Human Origins. The traveling exhibit focuses on what it means to be human.

The exhibition will feature hands-on displays, videos, 3D skull casts and replicas of specimens at the Smithsonian. It will visit 19 libraries over the next two years from Florida to Washington state. The first stop is Chesterfield, Virginia.

The museum’s Hall of Human Origins opened in 2010, drawing millions of visitors to see early human fossils and artifacts.

Program Director Rick Potts says the museum hopes the traveling exhibit sparks respectful conversations for people to learn more about human origins.

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