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« on: June 08, 2006 09:55:24 AM »

Okay, there is a long schpiel, followed by my question.

I have a summer internship at a small history museum in Billings, Montana. Next year is the 125th anniversary of our town, so needless to say, we are planning huge exhibits. We will be doing one in house exhibit, 8 traveling exhibits and a whole mess of other stuff. One of our big priorities is always reaching out to kids. We want to create some kind of interactive thing that they can get excited about but still learn. The idea we are going with is trading cards of some kind. We were thinking of putting a historical figure on the front, like Calamity Jane or Fredrick Billings, and then a few scentences about them on the back. DARE does something similar with our high school students. Elementary schoolers trade to get like, five of one persons cards, and then they get to have lunch with them. But no-one can have lunch with Calamity Jane.

So how do I get them excited and give them incentive to collect the cards? Any ideas or links you guys have would be great. I know this isn't exactly crafty, but we are non-profit, so we have a really tight budget and do the bulk of the work ourselves. You are the most creative people I know, so it can't hurt to ask!

Thanks for your help!

Here's our website, if you're interested; http://www.ywhc.org/
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2006 11:51:25 AM »

Why can't they have lunch with Calamity Jane.  Is there a local theatre group that could put on a program, or museum staff members that can dress up and be the historical figure
By having a quick look at your webpage, you have a good native American collection.  Maybe program something around them, contact your local reserve, first nations, and ask them about teaching a native dance class, native beading, leather work, story telling for the younger kids and any other number of other interesting service that they may offer.
Craft Sessions, use items in your collection and recrate them, bead work, needle work, knitting, wood working.
I've worked in museums most of my life here in Canada, it is an amazing occupation, if you can get past all the politics, anyway craft sessions were really popular at the my museums.  You need to work them around whats in you collection, include a tour in the session.  If you have the capability do them out doors in a garden.  You can also add more complicated projects and offer them a adult classed.  Contact local artisans, rug hooking, knitting, painting etc...
I had the best time leading these sessions.
I hope this helps you some,  oh and as a side note maybe your curator/director could put some pics of your museum on the website, I was a little disappointed I couldn't see what the place looked like.
Good Luck and have fun.
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2006 12:32:47 PM »

You know what, I have some pics I have taken of the inside exhibits that we have now. I didn't even think of that. The pic on the front page kindof shows the outside of the building, but doesn't do it justice. I'll post sometime soon.
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