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September 1, 2009

Public archaeology and history program starts at Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum


Public Archaeology and History ProgramThe Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum and the Social Science Department of Cowley College invite community members to meet at the museum on Tuesday, September 15 at 7 p.m., for the launch of a new public program in local archaeology and history.

“We hope everyone who is interested in local history will join us,” says Chris Mayer, anthropology instructor at Cowley College.  “We want to bring together local historians, genealogists, arrowhead collectors, and all those people interested in architecture, historical preservation and other cultural resources such as oral traditions.”

 Area history and social studies teachers are especially encouraged to attend.

The meeting is free and will be informal, according to Mayer.

“We want to gauge the community’s interest in these topics, and have an exchange of ideas.” Mayer said.
There will be brief presentations on the museum’s collections and operations, the anthropology program at the college, and potential activities and projects of the public archaeology and history program.  Refreshments will be provided.

 The goals of the program include raising awareness of the museum’s collections and activities, involving community members in museum projects and research programs, and involving Cowley anthropology students in projects to benefit the community.

“We look forward to working with the community to preserve and interpret the history and material culture of the area,” said museum director Heather Ferguson.  “We are also excited at the possibility of having more help around the museum with curation of collections and other projects.”

With sufficient public interest, the museum will host regular monthly meetings year-round to present guest speakers on a variety of topics, and to organize participants for special projects.

For more information, contact Chris Mayer at 620-441-5229.