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The Strange and Mysterious Case of Dr. GliddenCatalina Island Museum (1 Casino Way, PO Box 366, Avalon, CA 90704) Map it $5
Was Ralph Glidden an avid archeologist or shameless charlatan? Either way, the strange and mysterious case of Dr. Glidden is the subject of an eponymous exhibition at the Catalina Island Museum, not far from where the self-proclaimed professor (but really, a high school dropout) redefined himself as a serious collector, operating the ramshackle Catalina Museum of Island Indians in the 1920s. The collection consisted of countless samples of human remains that Glidden dug up, dusted off, and displayed after haphazardly unearthing the specimens on Catalina. The exhibition is a cautionary tale against self-serving showmanship in the face of the scientific method.