Tour through Time: Exploring History with Artifacts

by  Midwest Archeological Center - NPS

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The Midwest Archeological Center takes care of archeological collections from national parks. Take a tour of these collections to see how artifacts tell stories of the human past and learn how we care for artifacts! Available for all ages.

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This program is offered for FREE through the National Park Service.


~45 min (adjustable time frame)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

Please request this program 2 weeks in advance and allow for a technology check at least 24 hours before the program is scheduled. We are generally available for programming Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm CST.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify MWAC content providers within 24 hours of a scheduled program in order to cancel or reschedule. There is no cancellation fee.

About This Provider

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Midwest Archeological Center - NPS

Lincoln, NE
United States

The Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC) provides leadership in archeological
resource management. MWAC uses archeological expertise and innovative research
methods to support the National Park Service and partners in documenting, investigating, and preserving cultural resources, data, and collections, with the goal of sharing this information with the public to advance our understanding of history and
human behavior.

Rebecca Wiewel
(402) 437-5392

Program Details


* What is the Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC)?
What is the National Park Service, which parks do we help, and how do we help them?

* Taking care of collections at MWAC
What kinds of information do archeologists collect when they excavate? How do they keep track of that information and care for the artifacts for the future?

* Artifacts tell about economic changes in human history
We will share real artifacts from National Park units to discuss how archeology:
- can tell us about human behavior.
- reflects hunter-gatherer and agrarian lifeways.
- shows us how Native peoples adapted to Westward Expansion.

* Archeology as primary data
How can we use archeological data to answer new questions about the past? How are archeological data better than other sources? How are they less useful?


Participants will:
-Learn locations of some Midwest national parks,
-understand the basic definition of archeology.
-engage in the principles of stewardship and cultural resource management.
-understand the significance of archeological context and the roles artifacts play.
-explore how archeologists uncover their data and construct the stories of our past.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

This program is designed to be adapted for any age group, general speaking and listening standards apply.