In This Issue: Hands-On-Lab Update, Black History Month, Volunteer Opportunities

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Chucalissa Anoachi 

February 2016

Volume 10, Number 2

Brister Archaeology Discovery Lab Gets a Facelift

Intern Jess Johnson paints a Mississippian style house on a wall in the Brister Archaeology Discovery Lab.  The painting will be part of a new exhibit on Native American foods.

The Brister Archaeology Discovery Lab is in the final stages of a transformation with new exhibits and activities designed to give visitors an insider's look at archaeology. Uncovering the Past focuses on the archaeology of Chucalissa and allows visitors to sift, sort, weigh, and analyze artifacts.  The Trench Wall exhibit replicates the stratigraphy of an actual trench cut through a Mississippian mound.  The Native American Foods exhibit features tools used in hunting, farming, and food preparation.

Working under the tutelage of collections manager Ron Brister and museum director Robert Connolly, graduate assistants Elizabeth Cruzado and Colleen McCarthy designed the new exhibits.   Museum staff, volunteers, and student interns pitched in to assist with the research, building, and painting.

Come experience the lab for yourself on April 16th when the museum hosts Spring Family Fun Day with special activities for visitors of all ages. 

Chucalissa and Freedom Prep Academy Celebrate Black History

Members of Freedom Prep Academy's  African drum ensemble perform in the Chucalissa auditorium.
Freedom Prep Academy students work on an oral history presentation with guidance from Chucalissa graduate assistant Nur Abdalla.

Chucalissa and Freedom Prep Academy co-sponsored two Black History Month programs: one at Chucalissa and one at Freedom Prep.  On February 20 at Chucalissa, members of Freedom Prep Academy's  African drum ensemble kicked off a program with rousing music that had the audience on its feet and clapping along.  The musical presentation was followed by lunch and a showing of the award-winning documentary 'Slavery by Another Name.'  On February 27 at the academy, Freedom Prep students presented on oral history research they conducted during a Chucalissa 2015 summer camp.  


Volunteer Opportunities


Graduate assistant Brooke Garcia and volunteer Erin Delaney work with artifacts

Your help is needed for these tasks:
  • Exhibit upgrades
  • Garden and trail maintenance
  • Artifact sorting
  • Assisting with school groups
How can you help?
  • If you have a special skill to offer, please contact us by emailing or calling 901.785.3160 for more information.
  • If you want to pitch in on a Volunteer Day, join us the 3rd Saturday of any month from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  No special skills required!
  • Tax deductible donations support our educational programs and exhibit upgrades. Donate now to keep our projects going.
Family Days - EVERY Saturday at 10am & 1pm
For the price of regular Museum admission:
Take a tour of the Museum, throw darts with an atlatl, conduct a scavenger hunt in our Main Hall, tour the Brister Archaeology Discovery Lab and participate in a fun educational program and craft activity!
For more information, please visit our website.
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