Educational Opportunities at the C.H. Nash Museum

by Samantha Gibbs

Staff at the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa make public education a top priority everyday.  Whether a school reservation, a volunteer day, or walk-in visitors, we provide a high quality educational experience for all.  Over the past couple of years, we have worked to enhance our education by connecting programs to state curriculum standards and offering a wider range of topics.  The following are the types of programs and educational opportunities we currently offer.

On Site Programs:  Our most popular education offering is on site programs.  Schools, community groups, elderly groups, churches, and other organizations reserve a specific date and time to visit the museum.  During their visit they receive a guided tour, a program, and a craft of their choice.

Off Site Programs:  For groups that are not able to travel to the museum, we offer off site programs.  A museum staff member will visit a group’s facility and present a program of their choice.  Usually the program consists of a presentation and a hands on activity.   In the past we have visited schools, retirement homes, and community groups.  We also provide presentations at events, community group meetings, and festivals.

Volunteers and Projects:  Apart from programming we offer educational activities for people of all ages to participate.  For example, museum staff holds a monthly Volunteer Day.   On Volunteer Day visitors have the opportunity to participate in activities ranging from artifact processing to working on our nature trail and arboretum.  Three times a week we hold a Family Day.  When a family comes to the museum for a tour, they receive a craft activity and a program. Also, over the past couple of years, we have hosted AmeriCorps teams and other service learning groups.  These groups typically visit the museum for a day or for several weeks to work on a specific project.  This spring an AmeriCorps Team visit built a ghost house from bamboo to place on one of our Native American mounds.

Summer Day Camp: This summer we will host a four-day summer camp.  The camp will focus on teaching children the basics of archaeology, Native American prehistory, and museum exhibits and collections.  At the end of the summer camp, participants will have had some fun and gained more knowledge of Native American culture.

Sam Gibbs is the Administrative Assistant at the C.H. Nash Museum

About C.H. Nash Museum

The mission of the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, a division of the University of Memphis, is to protect and interpret the Chucalissa archaeological site’s cultural and natural environments, and to provide the University Community and the Public with exceptional educational, participatory, and research opportunities on the landscape’s past and present Native American and traditional cultures.
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