In This Issue: 17th Annual Relic Run, Adventure in Collections Management, Spring 2015 Interns
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Chucalissa Anoachi 

February 2015

Volume 9, Number 1

17th Annual Relic Run

Saturday, March 7, 2015

We are happy to announce that our popular 5K, Relic Run, will be held on March 7th 2015 for its 17th year. So start breaking in those running shoes and mark your calendar!

For the past sixteen years Relic Run has been a great opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy our Museum and racing on a course that covers some of the most scenic locations at Chucalissa and T.O. Fuller State Park. As a 5K event that is runner, walker and stroller friendly, Relic Run is a great race for whole families to enjoy and spend quality time outdoors. For seasoned runners, our course offers a refreshing change from races that take place in urban settings.

Relic Run proceeds help fund museum projects and upgrades. For example, we are launching the Brister Archaeology Discovery Lab (formerly the hands-on archaeology lab) to include updated designs and even more hands-on activities including a mock excavation unit. Your registration fees will be a direct contribution toward the next steps in this project. Additionally, a portion of the funds will go toward installing exhibits created by University of Memphis Museum Studies’ students at our new sister museum in Hualcayán, Peru - created in partnership with the non-profit, PIARA.

Online registration for the race opens Nov. 25th 2014 and ends March 5th 2015. If you register by Feb. 25th, individual registration is only $20. Registration is $25 from Feb. 26th to March 5th 2015. Same day registration will be available at the museum at 7:30 a.m. All participants will receive a race bag containing a Relic Run t-shirt and goodies from our sponsors. If that is not enough, everyone will be entered in a drawing to receive Chucalissa gift certificates and other prizes.  This year we will feature after race activities for families to spend the rest of their morning!
Online registration:
For more information contact us at (901) 785-3160.

See you at the Relic Run!

Adventure in Collections Management

By Brooke Garcia, Graduate Assistant at the C.H. Nash Museum

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the “Staff Only” doors at a museum?  Want to know where we keep all of the artifacts not on display?  Well, join me for some adventures in collections management!

For those of you who don’t know, collections management here at the C.H. Nash Museum involves both physically caring for all artifacts in our collections as well as processing a whole heap of paperwork for them – condition reports, loan forms, accession records, etc.  It’s a lot of work, involving many people and projects both big and small.  Our Collections Manager Ron Brister captains the collections ship, so to speak, and I do anything and everything he tells me to!  My days are typically spent furiously typing at my desk or in the Repository, where the majority of artifacts at the museum are stored. 

I worked on several projects last semester, including processing loans and working on the digitation of our collections records, but my biggest project so far has been completing an inventory of all of the ceramic vessels in the collection.  We have about 350 ceramic vessels currently in the Repository and on display.  The majority of them were excavated from Arkansas, Mississippi, and the Chucalissa site.  Once this inventory is complete, we are planning on transferring the Arkansas and Mississippi vessels to museums in their respective states.  It is our hope that transferring these materials will put the ceramic vessels closer to their archaeological contexts.

One of my other big jobs here at the C.H. Nash Museum is to oversee artifact sorting during Volunteer Days.  We started a major inventory of our entire collection in September of 2008, and we depend on volunteers to help complete this massive, ongoing project.  In exchange, we provide our volunteers with the unique experience of handling actual prehistoric and historic artifacts.  Since the past summer, volunteers finished inventorying the museum’s entire collection of geological samples and are almost finished inventorying the William Fite Heard Collection, a study collection of nearly 7,000 artifacts that was donated to the museum in 1982.

Interested in getting involved with collections management?  We have several intern projects available right now, and the next Volunteer Day is on November 15th!  Come and join us in some collections adventures!

New Internships this Spring

The Spring semester has begun and we’re excited to welcome new interns from the University of Memphis.  

Taylor Hopkins, a junior majoring in Anthropology and Earth Sciences, is working with our Collections Manager Ron Brister to digitize our photographic collection.  Already Taylor has researched a set of best practices and determined the appropriate hardware and software we will need for the task.  For the remainder of her internship she will begin the scanning project.

Thomas Gates, a senior majoring in Earth Sciences and History  will also be working with collections for his internship.  Under the supervision of our Collections Graduate Assistant Brooke Garcia, Thomas will photograph and complete condition reports on many of the whole ceramic vessels that we curate at the C.H. Nash Museum.

Bradley Baird is a senior majoring in History who will conduct the necessary research and then use his woodworking and other skills to create a set of replica tools for our Brister Archaeology Discovery Lab.  Under the direction of Ron Brister, Bradley will use prehistoric stone tools from our education collections in this process.  His first creation is a replica adze (pictured above/below).

Finally, this semester, Chucalissa was awarded our third Green Fee intern. Aaron Chakraborty a student in the Fogelman College of Business will help plan our Annual Earth Day event and work to market our outdoor educational and natural resources to Memphians.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook for periodic updates on their projects!
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 our Hands-On Archaeology Lab and participate in a fun educational program and craft activity!
For more information, please visit our website.
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