For the past four years Amanda Danning has been entertaining visitors to the Sam Houston Museum in Huntsville with her amazing facial reconstruction. The Sam Houston Museum is home to the unique collection of San Jacinto Battlefield artifacts and three skulls of Mexican soldiers recovered from the Battlefield. From her perch in the Rotunda of the 1936 Centennial Museum, Amanda deftly crafts the faces of these unfortunate warriors while discussing her techniques with children, adults and Sam Houston State University students. She may be a member of international committees and featured in numerous scientific papers and books. But to us, she is a local, small town Texas girl with lots of interesting things to impart to folks of all ages. We look forward to additional magic in the Rotunda.
Sandra E. Rogers July 2014
Collections Registrar, Sam Houston Memorial Museum, Huntsville, Texas
Archeological Steward, Texas Historical Commission
You are a force of Nature with your knowledge, passion, talent and creativity. The blending of artist and scientist is fascinating and your career is amazing.
Reconstructing faces from skulls seems like an impossible task, but you explained it so well that even the lay mind can get an inkling of your techniques. …Thanks for staying longer than just one hour. Our crowd demanded it. I didn’t dare cut you off or they would have had my head.
Clair B. Gunnels
“Her anatomically correct sculptures serve as powerful teaching tools that help explain what the forensic anthropologist can discover from the skeleton. It is rare to find someone whose work can help interpret and bring the past to life for so many people.”
Dr. Douglas Owsley
Division Head of Anthropology