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More Than A Mascot: Native Americans In Popular Culture
A Special Exhibition at SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park
Developed, curated, and presented by Public History Students at Wright State University. Artifacts and specimens provided by the Collections Department at the Dayton Society of Natural History.
Maize: Mysteries of an Ancient Grain
Opening June 2015
From your plate to your bio-fuel gas tank, maize has evolved over thousands of years to be one of the most crucial crops in the world today. You may see plenty of maize growing all over Ohio, but places like China, Brazil, Argentina, and India produce significant amounts of maize as well, making it a staple commodity for consumption.
This 1,500 sq. ft. interactive exhibition allows you to explore the importance of maize on a global scale and discover how scientists use this impressive crop to improve world food supplies. Then learn more about the history, evolution, and promising future if this integral plant.
Saturday, October 3, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Guests will enjoy a themed, buffet-styled dinner and drinks on the deck of SunWatch, overlooking the picturesque village.
$75/ticket. Raffle tickets are 1/$20, 3/$50, 10/$100. Tickets may be purchased online at sunwatch.org. Online tickets go on sale starting Thursday, August 27.
Fall Scout Day
Saturday, October 17
All Girl and Boy Scouts, Campfire Boys and Girls, and members of Y Adventure Programs are invited to attend a special morning at SunWatch set aside especially for them.
Held twice each year, Scout Days offer a variety of activities with different stations set up in the Village and Museum, including discussion of the "Green Corn Ceremony" and the center post alignments, playing games, participating in archery demonstrations, making a craft, using pump drills, and taking part in a museum wide scavenger hunt.
Advanced registration is required for the event. Fee: $6.00 per person. Call 937–268–8199 for more information.
International Archaeology Day
Saturday, October 17
Celebrate International Archaeology Day and the Archaeological Institute of America! Specialists will be on hand to discuss artifacts and help you identify the origins of hidden treasures found in your home. Experienced and knowledgeable guides will be available to answer questions as visitors take a stroll through this historically rich and picturesque Village. Up for some games? Guests will also be able to try a hand throwing spear with an atlatl Admission to this event is FREE to the public.
Winter Solstice Sleepover
Friday, December 18 2015
Celebrate the winter season by reliving the experience of Miami Valley’s early inhabitants. Enjoy an evening of activities before settling in for the night around an open hearth fire as you sleep in a reconstructed house and rise to discover the Fort Ancient people’s way of tracking seasons. Registration is required; space is limited. Cost: $30/person. Contact 937.268.8199, ext. 106.
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