A Family Tradition

Ben McConahey and Tiffany Talley have been friends since childhood -- and that childhood included lots of trips to the Museum.

 

"I was basically raised in the diorama halls and the Hall of Life," Tiffany said, "I don't really have a first memory of the Museum because it was always there; just a constant presence in my life."

 

The McConahey and Talley families have supported the Museum for years, as donors, advocates, and volunteers on boards and committees. Now, Ben and Tiffany are carrying on the family tradition. They are currently serving as the cochairs of the Young Professionals Committee, a group of young leaders dedicated to making sure the Museum and its mission endure for years to come.

 

"The opportunity to a part of the Young Professionals Committee has been the perfect way for us to give a little bit back for all that the Museum has given to us," Ben said.

 

What the Museum gave to Ben and Tiffany was the encouragement to explore and a foundation of scientific knowledge, ideas they are excited to share with others. And what they plan to give to the Museum is both their time and money, so that they can engage other young leaders who believe in the value of the educational experiences the Museum provides to people of all ages.

 

"This place is a lifelong experience for us, so it's easy -- as friends and two people passionate about the future of the institution -- to carry the Young Professionals effort forward at the Museum," Tiffany said.

 

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