SunWatch
 

SunWatch is one of this region’s treasured cultural and educational resources. Find out how you can be a part of this great organization.

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Special Events

Members Only Back to School Celebration!

Saturday, August 1

Members—today is all about you! Spend the afternoon at SunWatch Village/Archaeological Park and visit the special exhibitions, Maize and More Than a Mascot. There will also be tours of the SunWatch's picturesque, partially reconstructed Village---in addition to more fun activities just for Members! Registration begins Friday, July 3!

• Members Only Give Away
• Visit the two special exhibitions, More Than A Mascot & Maize
• Tours and games in the Village, including archery, chunky stones, atl atl, and double ball.
• SunWatch Scavenger Hunt

Light refreshments provided.


Click here to register!

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.

SunWatch Native Flute Festival

 SunWatch Flute and Art Gathering

Friday, August 14-16, 2015

Enjoy performances by flutists from throughout the region, and sample American Indian foods including Indian tacos, bison burgers and corn. View beautifully crafted flutes and other offerings from arts and crafts vendors on the scenic grounds.

Admission: $8.00/Adults, $5.00/Seniors (60+) and Children (6-16), Free/Age 5 & under. Weekend passes are avialable 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.

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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.