Patricia (Pam) Wheat-Stranahan accepts the 2004 Society for American Archaeology ‘Excellence in Public Education Award’ from SAA President Lynne Sebastian. The Award Ceremony took place in Montreal, Canada, during the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.
For 25 years, Pam Wheat-Stranahan has been a champion for public education about archaeological resources in Texas and on the national level. Drawing on her formal skills as an educator, a reservoir of archaeological knowledge, and untiring advocacy, Pam has been integral to the development of a broad range of formal and informal educational materials and programs that bring about learning of, and changes in behavior towards, archaeological resources.
Pam Wheat-Stranahan has created and facilitated archaeological outreach in a multitude of mediums including archaeology museum exhibits, popular magazine articles, videos, teacher workshops and school lesson plans. These efforts have been undertaken for, among other entities, the Texas Historical Commission (including the La Salle Shipwreck Project), the Council of Texas Archeologists, the Texas Archaeological Society, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center (in Colorado), and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
Pam’s efforts have helped to inform the public about their rich archaeological heritage so that they are better equipped to make wise decisions concerning the use and protection of archaeological sites now and in the future.
(This summary was derived from the SAA Press Release announcing this award originally compiled by Patrice L. Jeppson.)
For additional information on Patricia (Pam) Wheat-Stranahanís archaeology education activities see the following sources:
- with Alan Skinner, David A. Poirier, Douglas L. Krofina, 1998,
Be Prepared: The Archaeology Merit Badge Is Here. Common Ground, Vol. 3, No. 1, pgs 38-43. Washington, DC. National Park Service.
- with Carlos Colon. 1998,
Games Review Project Includes Computer Activities. Archaeology and Public Education. Vol. 8, No. 7 &13. Washington, DC. Society for American Archaeology.
- 1997, Public Outreach on the La Salle Shipwreck. Archaeology and Public Education. Vol. 7, No. 2. Washington, DC. Society for American Archaeology.