On Wednesday night May 21, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the Clarendon Recreation Hall - 16169 East Lee Road, the 150th memorial birthday (which is actually May 19) of Carl E. Akeley will be honorably observed and celebrated right there in his home town and place of birth. The National Taxidermists Conservation Committee was asked to actively participate in this remarkable occasion. In turn, we would like to extend the same invitation to one and all in the hopes of joining us on that momentous evening. Please know that if any individual, supplier, tannery, state or national organization would like to have their own plaque of recognition to Mr. Akeley presented on their behalf, yours truly would not only feel honored to deliver your engraved regards but would do so with no small amount of pride as well. A time capsule is currently being prepared that will insure the legacy of Carl Akeley will live beyond the 200th anniversary of his birth. What would you like placed in there for all to see 50 years from now? Keep in mind that even as a young teenager, Carl (Clarence) Akeley joined and supported the Great Grand Daddy of all other organizations, The Society of American Taxidermists. Even then he believed in higher standards, education, information and unity in his fledgling industry of taxidermy. Driven to have left his finger prints in the wet clay of life as it was modeled and sculpted into eternity by destiny itself. Come...be with us in Clarendon, NY, even if only in your hearts. For no token of expression to this amazing icon can be too small. No monument of any precious metal or stone could ever be too large for our own Carl Akeley.