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Education Outreach at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

by on December 5, 2012

Today’s post is from Geralyn Ducady, Curator of Programs and Education at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology.

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Even regular readers of our blog may not know that the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology has a vibrant outreach program to local schools. The “Culture CaraVan” program travels to schools throughout Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts and is taught by our Education Coordinator, Kathy Silvia. In addition, we have two special programs that are in-depth collaborations with Providence schools run with the help of Brown University graduate student interns. This academic year, Alexandra Goodman and Emily McCartan, both Masters students in the Public Humanities program, serve as our education interns.

The “Think Like an Archaeologist” program is a collaboration between the Haffenreffer, the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology, the RISD Museum of Art, and Providence Public Schools, now in its fourth year. It features a five-session, hands-on, experiential study of archaeology for sixth graders: four sessions are in the classroom and the fifth is a visit to the RISD and Haffenreffer Museums. We recently visited the Nathan Bishop School; this year we will also work with the Nathaniel Greene, Roger Williams, and DelSesto Schools.

Students at the Nathan Bishop School work on a mock dig

Students at the Nathan Bishop School work on a mock dig

Müge Durusu-Tanrıöver, Ph.D. student at Brown University's Joukowsky Institute helps a Nathan Bishop student identify his find

Müge Durusu-Tanrıöver, Ph.D. student at Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute, helps a Nathan Bishop student identify his find

Geralyn Ducady, HMA Curator of Programs and Education, compiles a class map of the mock dig site

Geralyn Ducady, HMA Curator of Programs and Education, compiles a class map of the mock dig site

We have another great collaboration, started last spring by Education Intern Alexandra Goodman, with the principal, teachers, and students at Fox Point Preschool. Our pilot program with the school included a visit to the classroom and two visits to the Museum with the four-year-olds. This year, Alex plans to develop an extensive curriculum featuring multiple in-class and museum visits for both three- and four-year-old groups. We hope to culminate their experiences with a small exhibit curated by the students! Look for that information in the spring.

~ Geralyn Ducady, Curator of Programs and Education

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Thanks Geralyn! For more information on our education programs, or to schedule a program, see http://brown.edu/Facilities/Haffenreffer/education/index.html

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