The Stirrup Gallery Loans Tusks for Harrison Display

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

ELKINS - A few pieces from The Stirrup Gallery’s Darby Collection at Davis & Elkins College are included in the Harrison County Parks & Recreation “Walking with Dinosaurs” display. The Gallery has loaned two narwhal tusks for the public exhibit open through April 1.

Narwhals, medium-sized whales, have two ivory teeth, one of which is a tusk that grows through the top of their head into a sword-like, spiral shape resembling a unicorn. The tusks are more prominent in the male of the species and can grow up to 9 feet in length. The tusks in the Darby Collection measure 69 inches and 65 inches.

The Darby Collection includes more than 10,000 artifacts from the 1600s to the Civil War.

The Harrison County Parks & Recreation “Walking with Dinosaurs” exhibit, located at their facility in Clarksburg, West Virginia, is open to the public from 4-8 p.m. on Fridays and from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Stirrup Gallery, located in Myles Center for the Arts on the Davis & Elkins College campus, is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and evenings and weekends by appointment.

Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at or call 304-637-1243.


Photo Caption: Davis & Elkins College Coordinator of Special Collections Mark Lanham, left, loans two narwhal tusks to Doug Comer, second from left, and Mike Book, second from right, for the Harrison County Parks & Recreation “Walking with Dinosaurs” display. Ray Garton, a paleontologist and curator of Prehistoric Planet in Barrackville, West Virginia, will also participate in the exhibit presentation.

The Stirrup Gallery of Davis & Elkins College