In This Issue: Replica House Project, Digitization Grant, TAM Meetings, Spring Family Fun Day, Volunteer Opportunities
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Chucalissa Anoachi 

March 2016

Volume 10, Number 3

Replica Mississippian House gets a new look

The replica Mississippian (AD 1000 – 1500) style house behind the large mound is undergoing a major upgrade.  Students, staff, and volunteers are working diligently to furnish the interior with household items typical of the time period.   The family of former University of Memphis provost Ralph Faudree, as well as faculty members of Brown University, have donated funds in his memory to sponsor this exciting project.  
According to museum director Robert Connolly, “This important addition to the museum’s outdoor exhibits will help educate visitors of all ages about Mississippian lifeways.  The research and creative processes required to produce the furnishings and interpretive aids will provide invaluable educational experiences for university students working on the project. This is indeed a marvelous way to honor Dr. Faudree’s memory and his long-time support of the museum.”

Freedom Prep Academy students help Chucalissa staffer Carmello Burks cut thatch for the house interior.
Chucalissa's historic photos go digital
Christian Roesler and Amber Humes organize and scan historic Chucalissa photo negatives to create an online archive.

Museum staff are working to digitize photo negatives representing 50 years of field work at the Chucalissa mound complex. This project will preserve the images and make them publically accessible for the first time.  After the negatives have been scanned they will be made available online through the University of Memphis Library. This significant endeavor is made possible by a grant from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.  TSLA funding also provided fireproof cabinets to properly curate the original negatives in the Chucalissa repository.


Tennessee Association of Museums

Chucalissa graduate assistants and staff at TAM meetings:  Colleen McCartney, Eli Cruzado  Carranza, Emily Neal, and Christian Roesler


Chucalissa was well-represented at the Tennessee Association of Museums Conference in Nashville, TN.

Elizabeth Cruzado Carranza and Colleen McCartney presented with Brooke Mundy and Ashley Carver from the Morton Museum of Collierville in ¨Don´t Sing the Budget Blues: Exhibit Harmony in Small Museums.¨  Eli and Colleen highlighted their work on the Brister Archaeology Discovery Lab renovation project. 

Colleen McCartney received the Tennessee Association of Museums Award of Excellence for Emerging Museum Professionals  and Christian Roesler won a TAM scholarship which funded her conference attendance. 


Spring Family Fun Day

April 16, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Winter is officially over! Stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh air on a guided tour of Chucalissa's nature trail.
In the spirit of upcoming Earth Day and its theme of sound environmental practices, we have planned a fun-filled day of family -friendly activities at the Chucalissa mound complex. Stretch your legs on a guided hike through Chucalissa’s Half-Mile Nature Trail,  a certified arboretum. The entire family will have a blast and burn energy throwing spears with an atlatl.  Be among the first to experience new exhibits and hands-on activities in the renovated discovery lab.   A professional archaeologist will be available to answer questions.  Children of all ages may create a craft to take home. Please wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes for all activities.

Your help is needed for these tasks:
  • Special events
  • 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 - Saturdays 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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