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aturalist and taxidermist Martha Maxwell has a unique historical connection to museums. In an effort to preserve a record of Colorado's wildlife, Maxwell created dynamic displays of wild animals. She single-handedly mounted and arranged them in detailed realistic habitats. In 1876, she exhibited one such diorama at the Philadelphia Centennial under the title "Woman's Work." Her work directly influenced the design of later museum dioramas. Maxwell camped and hunted for specimens in the mountains around Boulder, studied chemistry and biology, and was a gifted self-taught naturalist. Today there is a subspecies of owl named after her: Otus asio maxwelliae.