Free Public Program
Open to all.
Open to all.
Enjoy free admission on Friday, August 16 at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, one of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, as part of Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays summer event series. All four of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture will be open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
In this five-day Summer Science Week program starting July 22, students will experiment with the “primary technologies” used by the early peoples of North America to survive and thrive. In our hands-on lab, the museum galleries, and outside, students will learn skills such as leatherworking with stone and bone tools, paint making, feather work, grinding and winnowing, and more. For children entering grades 4 and 5.
In this five-day Summer Science Week program starting July 8, students will explore the daily life of the ancient Maya and Aztec people through hands-on activities and art. Learn about hieroglyphs, food, music, ancient games, and traditions like Day of the Dead, and learn a little Spanish. Activities take place in the Peabody Museum Education Room and Peabody Museum galleries. (For children entering grades 3 and 4.)
Summer Solstice will be held outdoors. Rain is expected to end before the celebration begins. The grass may still be damp; consider bringing a blanket to sit on.
The town of Teotitlán Del Valle in the Mexican state of Oaxaca is renowned for its weaving traditions and its importance as a Zapotec cultural center. Porfirio Gutiérrez will examine the rich history of Zapotec weaving from the perspective of its practitioners. He will also discuss his studio’s role in preserving and promoting the use of natural dyes in his community, and abroad, using pigments derived from plants and insects.
Based on his new book, The Human Swarm: How Societies Arise, Thrive, and Fall (Basic Books, April 2019), Moffett will discuss the social adaptations that bind societies and distinguish humans from other animal species. Drawing on findings in psychology, sociology, and anthropology, he explores how human society evolved from intimate chimp communities into sprawling civilizations of unrivaled complexity–and will address what is required to sustain them.