Workshop instructs teachers, interpreters and docents on Archaeology in the Classroom

Project Archaeology News Release

Contact: Cindy Henley, Historic Sites Division, Jackson County Parks + Rec
8201 Jasper Bell Road Blue Springs, MO 64015 
(816) 229-8980 x 107

Gail Lundeen
(816) 478-6051

Jackson County Parks + Rec and the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum offer
Archaeology in the Classroom Workshop for Teachers, Interpreters, Museum Docents
(Flier/Registration Form - PDF)

Jackson County Parks + Rec and the Truman Library invite you to take an exciting trip back in time! An Archaeology in the Classroom Workshop for Teachers, Interpreters, Museum Docents Workshop will be held July 24-28, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The first two days of the workshop will cover the curriculum and offer ideas for use with the public. The final three days are optional, they include a day at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, a visit to Truman’s home and two days of excavation at Fort Osage. The cost of the workshop is $45, with a special $30 rate for full-time students. Up to 2 graduate credit hours can be taken from Lindenwood University (optional); tuition is $60 per hour. There is also a scholarship available for this workshop.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Receive full instruction in archaeological science for the classroom, a complete curriculum guide, and the Project Archaeology curriculum, Investigating Shelter. These nationally recognized and endorsed materials can be adapted to a variety of sites and historical periods. If your site contains evidence of human habitation over time, you will learn ways of interpreting the lives of the people who occupied the land. 
  • Investigate an historic 1869 farmstead. Using data from an actual excavation at the farmstead, 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.
  • Practice the basics of scientific inquiry using archaeological data. Learn how archaeologists investigate and interpret past cultures and peoples.
  • Learn how to incorporate all of this into your classrooms or other settings. Archaeology is an excellent tool for engaging youth in science education. 
  • Engage in archaeological fieldwork (optional) at the Lone Jack Battlefield Museum.

A scholarship is being made available for an interpreter to attend the Project Archaeology Workshop at no cost. Interested applicants should write 100 words describing why they want to take the workshop and how they anticipate using the Project Archaeology materials at their site. If you have questions about the workshop or want more information, contact Gail Lundeen at (816) 478-6051 or gail@lundeenweb.com. Send your 100-word application to gail@lundeenweb.com.

If you would like more information about Project Archaeology, visit the website: www.projectarchaeolgy.org.

This workshop is endorsed by the National Council for the Social Studies. Workshop partners include Project Archaeology, Lindenwood University, Jackson County Parks + Rec, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, and the Lone Jack Civil War Battlefield, Museum and Soldiers' Cemetery.


Workshop Schedule:

July 24-25, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fort Osage Education Center, Fort Osage National Historic Landmark, 107 Osage Street, Sibley,  MO 64088

July 26, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Truman Library 500 W US Hwy 24, Independence, MO 64050

July 27-28, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Optional)
Lone Jack Battlefield Museum, 301 S. Bynum Road, Lone Jack, MO 64070



Gail Lundeen, Missouri Project Archaeology Coordinator
John Peterson, Interpretive Resource Specialist III, Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources
Mark Adams, Truman Library Education Director
Sally Bell, Missouri Project Archaeology Facilitator
Heather Campbell, Fort Osage Site Administrator, Jackson County Parks + Rec
Erica White, Museum Manager, Atkins-Johnson Farm & Museum

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