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In This Issue: September Volunteer Day and our new Graduate Assistants!
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Chucalissa Anoachi 

September 2014

Volume 8, Number 9

Volunteer Day at Chucalissa

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 9am to 1pm


The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa happily announces its ninth Volunteer Day of the year scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9 am to 1pm. Please drop by to sort artifacts indoors or help landscape our gardens and trails! 

Feel free to make a day of it at Chucalissa! Bring your family for Volunteer Days then stay for Family Days activities at 10:00am or 1:00pm - 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 and tour our Hands-on Archaeology Lab! This month we feature our brand new "What is Archaeology?" educational program during Family Days. Remember, feel free to bring a brown bag lunch as well and have a picnic at our tables outside next to the Museum!

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. 

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 kjthmpsn@memphis.edu 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): October 18, November 15 and December 13. 

We truly appreciate our volunteers and look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,

Katie Maish
(901)785-3160 ext. 12
kjthmpsn@memphis.edu

Introducing our new Graduate Assistants

Meet Elizabeth Cruzado Carranza and Colleen McCartney 

Elizabeth Cruzado Carranza
Nur Abdalla is pursuing a masters degree in Archaeology while working as a graduate student at Chucalissa.

So, tell us a little bit about yourself!
I am from Lima, Peru. I have my bachelors degree in Archeology from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, the oldest university in Peru, founded in 1551. I have experience doing archaeology excavation, analysis of materials, preservation and working with rural communities, especially in the highlands of Peru. I enjoy talking to people about my experience in archaeology and Peruvian history.

What are your career goals?
I would like to connect more archaeology to the public in order to revalue the cultural heritage and identity of communities in my country by developing programs and projects for the benefit of the archaeologists and community members.

What are your hobbies?
I like to read, watch World War II movies and knit (right now I am knitting a bag, hopefully it will turn out well!). I am also currently reading The Monuments Men.

What is your favorite museum?
My favorite museum is the Archaeological Museum of Ancash because it has the Lithic park where you can see monolithic representations of warriors and felines.

Tell us one weird but true fact about yourself. 
I love chocolate and can eat it all day!

What kind of things do you hope to do at Chucalissa? 
I hope that with this experience at Chucalissa I can learn about working with the public as well as developing educational programs for the community. I want to apply that knowledge to Peruvian life.
Colleen McCartney
Colleen McCartney is pursuing a degree in Anthropology at the University of Memphis while working as a graduate assistant at Chucalissa.

So, tell us a little bit about yourself!
I was born and raised in Burleson, Texas. I received my bachelors degree in Anthropology from Texas Tech University. I'm a newbie to Memphis, but I am already enjoying my new home.

What are your career goals?
I want to put my focus on cultural heritage and preservation. I will most likely put my skills in an administrative position where I can create new ideas and plans for museums.

What are your hobbies?
I love movies. In fact, my best night I can imagine involves take out, a movie and some comfortable clothes. I am also a pretty avid reader, and I enjoy dancing. I am a pretty social person, so if I can get out and do something once a week I am a happy camper.

What is your favorite museum?
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Toronto, Canada.

Tell us one weird but true fact about yourself. 
I am the only native-born American in my family. The rest are Canadian!

What kind of things do you hope to do at Chucalissa? 
I hope to develop some programs that are focused towards people with disabilities and making the C.H. Nash Museum generally more disability-friendly. I also want to contribute some exhibit or event ideas to the Museum.
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