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International Archaeology Day, October 21

October 21, 10:00 - 3:00, Chucalissa celebrates International Archaeology Day with guides tours of the trench exhibit and nature trail,  craft demonstrations, spear-throwing, and special activities for children.  Join us for a day of fun and learn about Mississippian archaeology.

Traveling Exhibition--September 10 to October 20, 2017

"Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963"

"Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963," examines the relationship between two great movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963. Both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience – one that has had a profound impact on the generations that followed.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.  The opening event on September 10, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., features a lecture by Dr. Beverly Bond, associate professor of history at 3:00 p.m.   Dr. Ladrica Menson-Furr, associate professor of English and director of African and African-American studies, will speak October 7, at 2:00 p.m.  Both lectures will be in the museum's classroom.

"Changing America"is presented by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is part of NEH's Bridging Cultures initiative, "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle," which brings four outstanding films on the civil rights movement to communities across the United States (see "Created Equal" encourages communities across the country to revisit and reflect on the long history of civil rights in America.

Additional resources, including recommended reading lists for adults and children, as well as lesson plan ideas for teachers, are provided by the exhibition sponsors.

Family Day


Family Days Schedule: Saturdays at 10:00 and 1:30.  Detailed schedule below.

 For the price of regular museum admission:

  • Take a tour of the museum
  • Throw darts with an atlatl
  • Conduct a scavenger hunt in our Main Hall
  • Tour our hands-on Archaeology Lab
  • Participate in a special fun program and create a keepsake craft to take home

Family programs and craft activities change weekly. For a detailed description of programs and crafts, please see our online brochure.

  • September 2 - Music/Coloring Books
  • September 9 - Sports & Hunting/Pottery
  • September 16 - Trash Talks/Snake Painting
  • September 23 - Stone Tools & Weapons/Talking Sticks
  • September 30 - Mystery Box/Beading
  • October 7 - Music/Coloring Books
  • October 14 - Sports & Hunting/Pottery
  • October 21 - International Archaeology Day (10:00 - 3:00)
  • October 28 - Stone Tools & Weapons/Talking Sticks


Volunteer Saturdays: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Drop by to help process prehistoric artifacts excavated from sites in western Tennessee, help in landscaping our gardens and trail, and much more. Come for one hour or the entire four. Children are welcome with parental supervision. No experience is required.

The 2017 Volunteer Saturday Schedule Is: 

  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 18
  • April 15  Help plant the Three Sisters' Garden!  No artifact sorting this day.
  • May 20
  • June 17
  • July 15
  • August 19
  • September 16
  • October 21--
  • November 25
  • December--No volunteer day in December.