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Weaving Memories with Wampum

from Penn Museum

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How do you remember important events in your family or community?
Wampum belts are used by the Lenape and other Indigenous people of the
Eastern Woodlands to record important events, forge relationships, and
share stories. White and purple beads are made from clam or welk shells
and woven together by hand to create these symbolic documents. Learn
more about the traditional practice of making wampum belts and create a
design that represents an important event in your family, school, or

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About This Program


Multipoint: $150.00
View Only: 150.00
Point to Point: $150.00
By Request: $150.00

Cost: (30 students per workshop)
• $150.00 for each Virtual Workshop

Based on Class Size:
• 1-30 students are recognized as one class
• 30-60 students are recognized as two classes
• 60-90 students are recognized as three classes

• Able to assist Title 1 schools that need full or participial sponsorship for virtual visits


60 minutes (Able to be adjusted to fit your regular class period)

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

Based on Group Size: 1-30 participants are recognized as one group

Primary Disciplines

Service Learning, STEM, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Fine Arts, Career Education, Family & Consumer Science, Mathematics, Professional Development, Special Education, Writing, Gifted & Talented, Special Needs

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

You will be contacted by our Outreach Programs Manager directly after your virtual request is received to discuss program details and to schedule a Tech Check. This 15-minute test call is scheduled one week prior your first virtual visit and is conducted to determine the integrity of the connection between the Penn Museum and participating institution.

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

1. Submit all cancellations in writing at least two weeks in advance.
• Send cancellations to Include “Cancellation” in the subject line of the email.
• Phone messages will not be accepted to cancel a trip.
• Cancellation is only complete when you receive confirmation from the Penn Museum.
2. Cancellations made two weeks or more in advance will receive a full refund of the deposit.
3. No contact and repetitive late cancellations may result in a school’s inability to book future visits.

About This Provider

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Penn Museum

Philadelphia, PA
United States

Open to all, the Museum is home to remarkable objects
and powerful stories that emerge from its excavations and research
across the world.

Connect with the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the
Mediterranean, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the
pharaohs of ancient Egypt; from early Mexico to the lives of Native
American communities today.

Experience the richness of the ancient past, gain an understanding of
our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human

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Program Details


All virtual workshops can be tailored to fit your normal class period. Up to four consecutive virtual workshops can be facilitated in one day.

1. Hello from the Penn Museum
2. Brief overview of archaeology, anthropology, and artifacts
3. Introduce the objects of focus, wampum belts
4. Discuss the many ways information is recorded through history.
5. Closely investigate the designs, materials, and making process of wampum belts
6. Discover more about how wampum belts are used as communication tools
7. Make your own Wampum Belt Design
7. Questions with our Museum educator


Essential Question:
How will learners better understand how wampum belts were used to communicate information through the close investigation of the materials, design, and making process?

Learners will...
1. Strengthen observation and reasoning skills through close object study
2. Develop their vocabulary and motor skills
3. Make connections between storytelling practices
5. Create a design using a grid

Standards Alignment

National Standards

• CCSS.ELA: Writing
Text Types & Purpose; Production and Distribution of Writing; Research to Build and Present Knowledge
• CCSS.ELA: Speaking & Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration; Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
• CCSS.ELA: Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
Comprehension and Collaboration; Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes; Reason with shapes and their attributes

State Standards

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