Covid 19 Update
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we have had to adapt and adjust our educational offerings. Please feel free to look over the Teachers Guide for full descriptions of activities. Here is a overview of what we have had to change:
Education Boxes: We are currently not mailing out our ED boxes, but we can mail Education packets. These will consist of printed versions of the activities (ie. guilloche drawing, watercolor activity instructions and filter paper, shawnee animal drawing sheets, Neosho mucket game and recipe cards)
Onsite tours are not happening at this time as we will be closed to the public through the rest of 2020. We plan on offering outdoor tours utilizing our exhibit banners sometime in 2021.
While we are saddened by these developments we look forward to continuing to serve our citizens and educators moving forward in innovative and creative ways as it becomes safe to do so. Keep an eye on our social media and join our e-newsletter mailing list to hear the latest information.
View what the Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center has available for teachers and educators all in one place.
2020-2021 school year Teacher's Guide is now available to view. This pdf booklet outlines all of our mobile museum units as well as our traveling education boxes and onsite tour availability. For further questions please feel free to contact Natalie Wadle at [email protected]
The Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center offers tours for educational groups and school classes. Our exhibits are geared towards K+ age groups. Exhibits are generally self-led, or you can arrange we will be happy to walk you through our current gallery displays and explain interactive components. Also, you may request a Tour for Kids by Kids. If available, a member of our Kid’s Committee can lead a tour.
Our award-winning exhibits often focus on a specific aspect of Shawnee incorporating STEAM-based activities when appropriate. For example, in our award-winning inagural exhibit From Ancient Hands: Stories in Fire and Clay visitors can learn how to make a guilloche pattern. They can take or leave their creation in the exhibit space. Using an easy-view microscope, visitors can look at Fort Ancient sherds and compare them to pottery from around the world. Since pots were often used for cooking, visitors can take a traditional food recipe and leave a recipe that uses traditional ingredients such corn. A Children’s Activity book accompanies the exhibit.
Traveling Education Boxes
The Shawnee Tribe Cultural Center also has a series of Traveling Education Boxes available for check out. These boxes package our in gallery activities along with several informational panels for use in classrooms, at home, daycare centers, essentially anywhere that is not physically here at the Center. We currently have two boxes the Decoration of Pottery and the Science of Pottery.
Color Theory/Pigments and Dyes - In this we examing how pigments and dyes have been utilized to create color and break down the scientific principels that lead to color theory. We include a fun color blending activity utilizing liquid watercolors and filter paper to see how primary colors when mixed create additional colors and hues.
- Decoration of Pottery - Includes 5 exhibition panels discussing the decoration and history of Shawnee pottery. We have included in this box our Guilloche Drawing Activity - an ancient method of decorating pottery. This box educates on Shawnee History and pairs it with a fun art-based activity.
- Science of Pottery - Science of Pottery - Includes 4 exhibition panels describing the Tribe’s project to re-make ancient pottery. This box focuses on scientific partnerships between the Tribe and the scientific community. Includes a material science activity comparing ancient pottery pieces from around the world. Includes a Neo the Neosho Mucket Mussel Game with fun facts on freshwater mussel life cycle.
We plan to continue this series with each additional exhibit - keep an eye out for new boxes. You can follow us on Facebook @shawneeculture or check our website at www.shawneeculture.org
We come to you! Our mobile museum travels to you and set up banner exhibits with interactive components. A staff member will drive to your location and set up the traveling exhibition. Based on the distance to your location, we may be able to either leave the exhibit for a designated time period or we can stay for up to a half-day. Due to the availability of staff and travel requirements this service is generally only available on Mondays or Tuesdays and for locations within 200 miles of Miami, OK. For distances greater than 200 miles, fees may be arranged to permit overnight travel.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING MORE INVOLVED AT STCC? JOIN OUR KIDS COMMMITTEE AND HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF THE CENTER. STUDENTS AGED 8-18 ARE WELCOME TO JOIN, WE MEET ONCE A MONTH DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR. WE GENERALLY MEET THE SECOND SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH.