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Special Events

More Than A Mascot: Native Americans In Popular Culture

A Special Exhibition at SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park
Showing from April 25 – September 14, 2015

Native Americans are frequently portrayed in popular culture across multiple industries, from the Washington Redskins football franchise to Tonto, the Lone Ranger's sidekick. Though depictions of Native culture and people in logos, fashion, film, and media are currently a hot topic, many individuals, companies, and franchises maintain that they are honoring a historic culture.

Discover how Native Americans are portrayed in entertainment, advertising, and sports, then learn more about the history behind these representations. Visitors explore historic objects used by Native people and compare them to portrayals in popular culture to decide if these industries are honoring a rich heritage or using depictions of a historically disenfranchised people for capitalistic purposes.

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.
At SunWatch
Be among the first to experience SunWatch during the harvest season, as the Village is touched by hues of fall. Celebrate the rich history and culture of SunWatch during this evening filled with entertainment, delicious food, and the 2015 SunWatch Raffle sponsored by AAA.

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 Online tickets go on sale starting Thursday, August 27.

Fall Scout Day

Saturday, October 17
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 17
1:00 – 4:00 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  Admission to this event is FREE to the public.

Winter Solstice Sleepover

scout day

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.