Inside the Peabody Museum: June 2015
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Summer Solstice Celebration: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
Kick off summer at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture's annual Summer Solstice celebration on Sunday, June 21 from 5:00-9:00 pm. Enjoy a fun evening with circus performers, music, dance, street chalking, food trucks, and hands-on activities for all ages, plus free evening admission to the Peabody Museum, Harvard Semitic Museum, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and Harvard Museum of Natural History. You won't want to miss this special summer night!
Once again, the Peabody is proud to offer free admission to active military ID holders and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. It's part of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense's Blue Star Museums program. The Peabody joins more than 2000 museums across the country and the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture in offering free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families. The military ID holder plus up to five family members can get free admission through the program, and the military ID holder can either be an active duty service member or another dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. Please share with active military friends and family!
School teachers know that a visit to the Peabody is more than a field trip and an opportunity to explore authentic objects from around the world; it's also an opportunity for students to master the art of writing "thank-you" letters. "We love these letters," says Museum Educator Andy Majewski. "Students tell us what they learned on their visit and what impacted them. We can see what things stuck…and what didn't. We really see what their solid takeaway is."
A recent group of students in the popular Igloos to Adobe program clearly enjoyed handling samples of Inuit food, clothing, and hunting tools. Recent accolades from second-graders (unspell-checked) included: "They eat blubber for vitamins! The 3 things you have to have is shelter, food, and water! Only woman preaper food!", "My favorite part was getting to tuch the animal stuff and Boots and mitins," "I learned people in the Artic are very resousful. Because when they kill and animal they use every part," "My favorite part of your presentation was when I got to hold a spear because I felt like the Inuit."
Majewski notes, "This information is helpful to us on several levels: it helps us tweak our presentations, and it gives us evidence of specific learning - in students' own words - that we can use promote our programs to other teachers. Plus, we admit we do delight in their creative misspellings! It's indicative of just how difficult learning the English language is when you see the very-logical way the students try to sound out in writing words they can articulate, but have not yet learned our agreed-upon, rather whimsical designated spelling for."
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