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Special Events

Discovering Johnny Appleseed

Showing through September 2016

Travel through history and across states and seasons to learn more about the biology of apples and the stories behind Johnny Appleseed, one of America's favorite folk heroes. Learn how apple trees change throughout the seasons, explore interacitves the illustrate the life cycle of apple trees, and trace Johnny Appleseed's steps across the United States during his travels.

This special exhibition is located in the Prairie View Room on the second floor.

Kids' Days

2016 Schedule:
  Thursday, June 16
  Wednesday, July 13
  Friday, July 29
  Tuesday, August 9

9:00 a.m. – Noon
Enjoy a special morning designed for day care/child care providers and summer youth camps with children ages 6 and older. Stations are set up in the village and feature hands-on activities, demonstrations games, and take home crafts. Admission includes a beverage. $6/child, $5/chaperone.

Reservations are required; please call 937.268.8199 to schedule your group.

Fall Scout Day

Saturday, October 15, 2016
9:00 a.m. - noon

Scouts DayAll 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 15, 2016
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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.

Past Events

The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans 28th Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow

Pow wowSaturday, June 25, 2016
12:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 26, 2016
12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Gates open at 11:00 a.m.; Grand entry at 12 noon and 6:00 p.m. Saturday, and 12 noon Sunday

During the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow, the serene setting at SunWatch transforms with the beat of drums and the sounds and rhythm of American Indian music. For American Indians, Pow Wow is a special time to reflect upon a rich heritage and come into the Pow Wow circle with honor and respect for one another and the drum.

The event features both men’s and women’s dances, including the men’s grass dance and the women’s shawl and jingle dance, performed wearing full regalia. In addition, traditional American Indian arts, crafts and food will be available from vendors.

Admission: $8.00/Adults, $6.00/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-16), Free/Age 5 & under. Weekend passes are available for $15/Adults, $9.00/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-16), Free/Age 5 & under.
DSNH Members 1/2 price admission for this special event

Presented by: The Miami Valley Council for Native Americans