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News from the Public Education Committee

Archaeology Education at the Nashville Meeting. Archaeology education is one of the highlights of the many events at the annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. For those planning ahead, the following is a brief preview of some of the sessions that you will want to include in your schedule. Many of these are sponsored by the Public Education Committee. More details are available in the preliminary program mailed in late December.

Seventh Annual Public Session--"Interesting PASTimes: Exploring Caves, Building Temple Mounds, Discovering New Cultures." Three experts will discuss the lives and times of prehistoric inhabitants of the southeastern U.S. on Saturday, April 5, 1-5 p.m. Speakers include Patty Jo Watson ("Cave Archaeology in Eastern North America"), Bruce D. Smith ("The Temple Mound Builders of Eastern North American"), and Charles Hudson ("Hernando de Soto and the Protohistoric Southeast"). For more information, contact organizer Carol Griffith at (602) 542-7141 or email cgriffith@pr.state.az.us.

State Archaeology Week/Month Poster Exhibition and Contest. The public session will also feature a display of State Archaeology Week/Month Posters, part of a contest sponsored by the committee and the Council of Affiliated Societies. The posters will be on exhibit during the entire SAA meeting and in the public session, where prizes will be presented. The deadline for poster submissions is March 3, 1997. For information on the contest and having your state's poster displayed, contact Ann Valdo Howard at (602) 542-7138 or email ahoward@pr.state.az.us.

Public Involvement Poster Session. A poster symposium titled "Public Money/Public Heritage: Delivering the Past to the Present" will feature 10 posters highlighting successful heritage education and public involvement programs. Presented on Thursday, April 3, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., and organized by Johna Hutira of Northland Research, the posters describe programs by Native American communities, public utility companies, and private consulting firms. The emphasis will be on heritage education, public benefits, and delivering the results of archaeological research to a diverse public audience. Contact Johna Hutira at (602) 894-0020 for details.

Successful Outreach Program Development. A forum, "Pathways to Successful Outreach," will feature six speakers who have successfully brought diverse archaeology programs to the public. They will share their experiences in setting goals, initial planning, the steps required to establish the program, and challenges encountered along the way on Thursday, April 3, 8-11 a.m. The forum will begin with a description of each program and questions on specific issues, but most of the session will be open discussion on the challenges and rewards of establishing outreach programs. Some of the programs presented include the Bureau of Land Management's Intrigue of the Past (Shelley Smith), the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center's Archaeology Education Program (Bonnie Christensen), Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (Ricky Lightfoot), the Washington High School Archaeology Institute in partnership with the University of West Florida (Glenda Marshman, Mike Davis, and Judith Bense), the Texas Archaeological Society (Patricia Wheat), and the Florida Museum of Natural History (William Marquardt). Representatives from other programs are encouraged to come and share their perspectives. Attend this session for practical advice on starting your own archaeology education program or joining efforts in your state. For information, contact cochairs Jeanne M. Moe, (801) 539-4060, email jmoe@ut.blm.gov; or Dorothy Schlotthauer Krass, email dorothy_krass@saa.org.

Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge Workshop. S. Alan Skinner and Patricia Wheat will focus on "Implementing the Archaeology Merit Badge in Your Community." With the recent introduction of the Archaeology Merit Badge by the Boy Scouts of America, many archaeologists will be called upon to serve as merit badge counselors and to work with Scout troops. Scouts participating in this program will be directed to participate in field and laboratory projects under the direction of qualified archaeologists. This workshop is designed to explain the requirements, determine your role in the merit badge process, and explore the responsibilities, opportunities, and challenges of implementing this new venue in public outreach. The workshop will take place on Friday, April 4, 8-10 a.m. Contact S. Alan Skinner at (214) 368-0478 or email arcdigs@aol.com.

For more information on Public Education Committee activities, contact Edward Friedman, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 25007, D-5300, Denver, CO 80225, (303) 236-1061 ext. 239, email efriedman@do.usbr.gov.

Compiled by Teresa L. Hoffman, Archaeological Consulting Services, Tempe, Ariz.; with contributions from Dorothy Krass, SAA, and Johna Hutira, Northland Research.


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