Archaeology in the Classroom: Workshop for Teachers, Interpreters and Museum Docents

Project Archaeology News Release

For more information, contact: John Peterson, (816) 650-3452 x3

Workshop for teachers, interpreters and museum docents explores uses of archaeology in the classroom

Jackson County Parks + Rec, the Truman Library, and the Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum invite teachers, interpreters and museum docents to an Archaeology in the Classroom Workshop, June 22-26, 2015, to practice the basics of scientific inquiry using archaeological data. The workshop is endorsed by the National Council for the Social Studies.

Workshop participants will learn how archaeologists investigate and interpret past cultures and peoples and how how to incorporate the training from the workshop into classrooms or other settings to engage youth in science education. Participants will receive full instruction in archaeological science for the classroom and a complete curriculum guide and materials.

During this workshop, participants will investigate a historic farmstead that was founded in southwest Montana in 1869. Using data from an actual excavation at the Tinsley Farmhouse, students will learn how archaeologists study the past. Studies of such
farmsteads and farm residences are appropriate in Missouri since many similar sites are found throughout the state. Indeed, the Tinsley family ended up in Montana because they fled the bloodshed in Missouri during the Civil War. The workshop will also participate in activities at the Truman Library and engage in archaeological fieldwork (optional) at the Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum.

The workshop, curriculum guide and other materials is $45; $30 with the special student rate (must be a full-time student). ***Optional: up to 2 graduate credit hours can be taken from Lindenwood University. Tuition is $60 per hour.***

June 22-23 (8:30-4:00): Fort Osage Education Center
Fort Osage National Historic Landmark
107 Osage Street
Sibley, MO 64088

June 24 (8:30-4:00): Truman Library
500 W US Hwy 24
Independence, MO 64050

June 25-26 (8:30-4:00) [optional]: Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum
6607 NE Antioch Road
Gladstone, MO 64119

Gail Lundeen, Missouri Project Archaeology Coordinator
John Peterson, Curator and Archaeologist, Historic Sites, Jackson County Parks + Rec
Mark Adams, Truman Library Education

Sally Bell, Missouri Project Archaeology

Kate Warfield, Fort Osage Site Administrator, Jackson County Parks + Rec
Erica White, Museum Manager, Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum

For more information about the workshop, contact John Peterson at Jackson County Parks + Rec, at (816) 650-3452 X3, or at jpeterson@jacksongov.org.

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