In This Issue: Where in the World Is Our Director?!?, July Volunteer Day and Summer Group Activities at Chucalissa
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Chucalissa Anoachi 

July 2014

Volume 8, Number 7

Where in the World is Our Director?!?

Dr. Robert Connolly Visits Peru This Summer

Robert is returning to Hualcayan this summer to collaborate with local residents in developing a cultural heritage center in the 400-person Andean village located in the Ancash region of Peru. The village is located on a prehistoric site that spans the past several thousand years of human occupation.

In the past year, students in Robert's Museum Practices and Applied Archaeology and Museums classes worked on projects related to the development of the cultural heritage center in Hualcayan including a collections management plan and educational programs for children.
A goal for this summer is to begin laying the foundation for an outreach program serving the communities surrounding the Peruvian archaeological site like our successful programs here at Chucalissa. For example, Caroline Havrilla, Chucalissa Green Fee Intern for this past year, is traveling with Robert to Peru to collaborate on environmental education projects like she developed at our Museum. 

Robert is collaborating with PIARA, an archaeological research program based in Ancash. PIARA was founded in 2009 by Vanderbilt archaeologist, Rebecca Bria. PIARA Co-Director Elizabeth Cruzado Carranza will be a student at the University of Memphis this fall and a Graduate Assistant at Chucalissa.  

We are excited about the possibilities for further collaboration between PIARA, the Museum Studies program and Chucalissa! To hear about Robert's first day in Peru, please read his blog post written while on the road!

July Volunteer Day

Saturday, July 19, 9am to 1pm

The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa happily announces its seventh Volunteer Day of the year scheduled for Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 9 am to 1pm. Please drop by any time to sort artifacts indoors or help landscape our nature trail and gardens while enjoying this gorgeous, warm weather! 

This month, we are raffling off a gift basket given to one of our lucky July volunteers! When you sign in at the front desk on Saturday, your name will be automatically entered into the raffle. The winner will be announced promptly at 1:00 on Saturday at the Museum. Don't worry, if you're not there at 1:00 we will email you with the good news!

Feel free to make a day of it at Chucalissa. Bring your family for Volunteer Days then stay for Family Days activities at 1:00 - free of charge! You will receive a guided tour of the Museum, throw darts with an atlatl, conduct a scavenger hunt in our Main Museum Hall, tour our Hands-on Archaeology Lab and participate in snake painting (that you get to take home)!

If you have specific volunteer interests, we are very interested in working with you on an individual basis. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Katie Maish, and she will be glad to discuss long term and/or individualized projects with you at or (901) 785-3160 extension 12.

Please also keep the following Volunteer Days dates in mind for the balance of the year (Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm): August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15 and December 13. 

Please drop by for the entire morning or just an hour. No experience or sign up is necessary. Children are most welcome with adult supervision. 

We hope to see you on Saturday!


Summer Group Activities at Chucalissa

Students from Drummond Elementary Have Fun and Learn About Native American Culture at Chucalissa

An absolutely fantastic group of students from Drummond Elementary in Tipton County visited the C.H. Nash Museum last week and participated in one of our guided group programs. Our accomplished tour guides, Samantha and Nur, led them through our Native American Music and Mystery Box programs as well as our talking sticks craft activity. They also received a guided tour through the hands-on archaeology lab and participated in a scavenger hunt in our museum hall. The visit concluded with an outdoor visit of our mound complex. What a great day! 

If you would like to schedule your group for a tour at Chucalissa, please call Katie Maish at (901) 785-3160 extension 12 or email her at For more information about the programs and craft activities we offer, please see our Group Information Packet.

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