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Today's Trivia (May 14)

As an explorer, naturalist and game warden, Lewis Lindsay Dyche traveled the world collecting specimens of mammals, reptiles and insects to preserve for future Kansans.

This Kansas native grew up in Osage County.

Dyche's mother was often ill when he was a boy and he was cared for by neighboring Indians, from whom he learned to hunt.

He used those skills later as he traveled the world and collected animals, fish and birds.

Dyche gained national attention for his skills as a taxidermist.

He was so well known that in 1891, the U.S. Army asked him to preserve the remains of one of its icons, the old cavalry horse Comanche. The horse was the lone military survivor on the Little Bighorn battlefield after the downfall of Gen. George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry.

But Dyche again gained international attention during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where he set up a massive display of stuffed animals, including Comanche. It took seven railroad cars to ship the display back to Kansas.

In 1894, Dyche traveled to Greenland, where he gathered the skins of polar bears and walruses.

Question: What natural history museum is Dyche best associated with, even today? And, where is it?

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