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Activities for Children to be Held in Atlanta
Three workshops for children will be held at the Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. In No Small Change: Coin Minting Workshop for Children, participants will view Greek coins in the museum's collection, then design and mint their own. Teachers and students can explore the goals and techniques of archaeology through the examination of Native American pottery and tools in Dig It! An Introduction to Archaeology. In Stones and Bones, students identify a variety of artifacts, create the life of a community member from an ancient village, and compare and contrast their interpretations. For more information, call 404-727-0519.


University of Victoria offers Heritage Workshops
The Cultural Resource Management program of the University of Victoria, BC, offers workshops, distance education courses, and degree programs on heritage topics. Upcoming workshops include Planning for Community Cultural Stewardship (October 23-28, 2000), Public Programming (March 26-31, 2001), Managing Heritage Conservation Projects (April 2-7, 2001) and Cultural Tourism (April 30 -May 5, 2001). Further information on the workshops and courses is provided on their website: www.uvcs.uvic.ca/crmp/.

Workshops on Museum Education to be Held in Austin
Informal Learning Experiences (www.informallearning.com), a consulting firm that assists informal learning organizations with institutional development, project planning, fundraising, and evaluation services, will offer two workshops this fall of interest to educators.

Designing Experience-based Learning Projects, set for September 28 at the Texas Memorial Museum, Austin, is a one?day workshop conducted seminar-style with open discussion, small?group activities, and practical exercises on the museum floor. The workshop includes an introduction to experience-based learning, application of the experience-based approach to exhibits, practical guidelines for creating exhibits and programs that engage visitors in meaningful interaction, and a framework for evaluating the visitor's experience. Each participant receives a manual containing the workshop content, a glossary, bibliographies and other resources, and 50+ pages of additional readings.

Planning & Funding Informal Education Projects, scheduled for Sept. 29 at the Austin, Texas, Children's Museum, is a one?day workshop that introduces the fundamentals of effective project planning, culminating in the development of a proposal for major funding. Goal setting, needs assessment, program design, program management, budgeting, and evaluation are introduced through presentation and lively discussion. Included is an introduction to basic elements in writing winning grants, an overview of funding sources, and a mock review by participants of actual grant proposals that have been submitted to federal agencies and private foundations for funding. Participants receive copies of sample grant proposals and an extensive manual covering project planning, federal funding sources, and informal education resources.

For more information or to request a registration form, contact Bob Russell, email: hanarus@aol.com or phone: 301-907-0352, and provide your mailing address, fax number, or a phone number.

Teaching the Past Through Archaeology Symposium Set in Washington, D.C.
The National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C., will hold a symposium for teachers on Teaching the Past Through Archaeology, September 22-23, 2000. The symposium will reveal fascinating discoveries about the past that can influence how the world is viewed today. Teachers will learn about the scientific methods employed by archaeologists, and how archaeology can enliven and enrich classroom subjects such as geography, history, social studies, and biology.

Lecture topics include: The Vikings in the New World, Searching for the Earliest Americans from Human Remains, The Impact of El Niño on Prehistoric Populations in Amazonia, Ancient Diseases, and Unveiling the African American Past. Workshops include: Intrigue of the Past: Archaeology for the Classroom, The Uluburun Shipwreck Project: Interconnections Through Trade in the Late Bronze Age Mediterranean World, World Trees and Tree Stones: Classroom Lessons on Maya Archaeology, and Teaching with Historic Places.

For information on this symposium, contact Ann Kaupp, Smithsonian Institution, phone: 202-357-1592; email: kaupp.ann@nmnh.si.edu.

Public Outreach Workshop Planned for Midwest/Plains Joint Conference
The Midwest Archaeological conference and the Plains Anthropological conference will be held jointly in St. Paul, Minnesota, November 9-12, 2000. Several workshops are scheduled for November 9, including one on Public Outreach. A variety of education resources, programs, and strategies will be presented by archaeology educators from Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Participants will examine case studies, try out hands?on activities, and review examples of printed and electronic materials, teaching kits, and presentations. Discussion will consider public outreach venues and funding sources. Space is limited to 24 participants; registration deadline is September 29. For more information contact Phyllis Messenger at 651-523-2891 or pmessenger@gw.hamline.edu.


Regional Historical Archaeologists to Meet in Baton Rouge
The South Central Historical Archaeology Conference is scheduled for September 15-17, 2000, at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition to the presentation of research or field papers, there will be a special workshop on 18th- and 19th-century Louisiana vernacular architecture, followed by a tour of several notable structures. For more information, contact Sara Harn, Coastal Environments, email: shahn@coastalenv.com.

Public Symposium to be Held at SEAC
A public symposium, The Native American Archaeology of Georgia: What We Know in the Year 2000, will be offered November 11 at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Macon, Georgia. The registration fee for this symposium only is under $10. For contact information, check the SEAC meeting web page at www.uark.edu/campus?resources/seac/seac2000.html.

AIA Annual Meeting to Feature Several Public Education Offerings
Several public education programs will be held at the upcoming annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America in San Diego, California, January 3-6, 2001. Two symposia on education will be held, both of which will be open to conference registrants as well as precollegiate teachers. The first symposium will discuss various aspects of how archaeology is presented to the public, teachers, and students. The second symposium will provide various perspectives on how archaeological sites are presented to the public as tourists and visitors. There also will be an all-day interactive workshop, featuring archaeology education projects as prepared by museums, outreach education programs in universities, and other public education programs. The emphasis will be on hands-on projects that are both fun and instructive. For additional information, check the AIA website at www.archaeological.org, or call Nancy Bernard or Cameron Walker at 617-353-9361.

2001 SHA Conference Focuses on Public Education
Teach the Mind, Touch the Spirit is the public education theme of the 2001 conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology. The conference is scheduled for January 10-13, 2001, in Long Beach, California. For more information, check the SHA website at www.sha.org/meet01.htm.

Informal Learning to be Featured at St. Louis Conference
The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) annual meeting will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 25?28, 2001. The theme for the conference this year is Liberating Minds Through Disciplined Inquiry; Liberating Inquiry Through Disciplined Minds. The Informal Learning Strand (Strand 9) of NARST focuses on science learning and teaching in out-of-school contexts, such as science centers, museums, zoos, aquaria, nature centers, parks, community centers, and the home. The St. Louis conference is shaping up to be an exciting meeting for Strand 9. In addition to the opportunity to work with the numerous informal science education institutions in the city, NARST 2001 will overlap with the National Science Teachers Association conference, so topics relevant to informal learning and science teaching are expected. For additional information, check the website at www.narst.org.

Theme of Interpreters' Conference to Feature Native Peoples
The National Association for Interpretation will hold their national spring training conference April 2-6, 2001 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The theme for the conference will be Interpreting Sacred Places and Native Peoples. Papers are requested along the following tracks: Incorporating Oral History into Interpretive Programs; Interpreting Cultural Controversies; Interpreting Cultural Landscapes; Integrating Interpretation into Heritage Tourism Ventures; and Involving Native People with the Interpretation of Their Communities and Cultures.

In addition, a National Interpreters Workshop will by held November 7-12, 2000, in Tucson, Arizona. The theme for the Workshop is Weaving the Future with Threads from the Past. For information on either event, check the National Association of Interpretation website at www.interpnet.org.


Indiana Posts Archaeology Week Website
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology has scheduled Indiana Archaeology Week for September 18-24. As part of the program, the agency has developed Archaeology Week web pages, which provide the viewer with information on Archaeology Week, a schedule of events, and free educational materials, as well as general information about archaeology around Indiana. The site also includes an Educational Resources page and a Kids' Corner. The website can be viewed at www.state.in.us/dnr/historic/archeo00/home.htm. It will be updated periodically and viewers are advised to check it often for new information.

Iowa Archaeology Month Scheduled for September
Iowa Archaeology Month (IAM) will be celebrated throughout the month of September 2000. Fifty-three events have thus far been scheduled across the state in 25 communities. This year a contest was held among Iowa K-6 graders to design the IAM 2000 poster. Information on the IAM 2000 poster and the Calendar of Events is available from Lynn Alex, Office of the State Archaeologist, 319-384-0561; email: lynn-alex@uiowa.edu; or via the website at www.uiowa.edu/~osa/focus/public/iam.

Arkansas Posts Archeology Week Web Pages
Teachers can access background information and classroom activity ideas for Arkansas Archeology Week on the Arkansas Archeological Survey's website at www.uark.edu/campus?resources/archinfo/archweek.html. Arkansas Archeology Week 2000 is scheduled for October 21-29, and this year's theme is "A Necessity of Life: Clothing." For more information, contact Mary Kwas, Archeology Week Coordinator, phone: 501-575-6549; email: mkwas@uark.edu.

September Is Missouri Archaeology Month
Missouri Archaeology Month features statewide programs and events throughout September. For a listing of what's going on, check the website at http://web.missouri.edu/~moarch/text/archmonth.html. For a color event poster, contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Program at 573-751-7858.