Maybe you have a child who loves to excavate portions of the backyard hoping to find treasures. Perhaps you’ve always dreamed of being involved in an archaeological dig, or wished you could take your family to distant places to see artifacts from ancient civilizations. Well if so, this is your opportunity with a free weekend of art and archaeological activities that take you from the ancient past of the Near East to more modern historical finds here in Oregon.
Family Activity Day
On Oct. 12 the Hallie Ford Museum of Art presents Family Activity Day between noon and 4 p.m. with free events and admission.
Join education curator Elizabeth Garrison, Salem artists Sonia Allen and Helen Nute Wiens, and the Willamette University Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology coordinator April Miller as they guide parents and children through a variety of art-making and archaeological activities related to the exhibition “Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth.” Children will learn about cylinder seals, cuneiform, metal-working techniques, and a number of different archaeological practices and techniques.
A Family Guide is available and explores the ancient objects in the exhibition that span 5500 years of art from the “cradle of civilization.” Visit the realms of gods and goddesses, humans and animals (both real and supernatural) created by Sumerians, Persians, Babylonians, and Hittites thousands of years ago.
National Archaeology Day
On Oct. 13, extend your archaeological discoveries with National Archaeology Day at Fort Hoskins Historic Park between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fort Hoskins was a Civil War era fort that was built in 1856 and in use till 1865.
Featured events include the opportunity to excavate the fort and to work with archaeologists to learn lab and field methods, interpret information, and understand Oregon history. Guided tours of the historic Franz-Dunn house and the newly returned, original Commander’s house will be available. Visitors can witness a Civil War reenactment and enjoy a BBQ lunch.
Buses with limited space will be leaving at 9 a.m. from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and a location at OSU to shuttle visitors to and from the event. Reservations are required by Oct. 7. For bus reservations and driving directions see below.
This event is free and open to all ages and includes lunch and bus transportation and is supported by Willamette University’s Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology, the Salem Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and Oregon State University.
Breath of Heaven, Breath of Earth Exhibition
National Archaeology Day Information
- Reserve a Spot on the Bus by Oct. 7
Buses will be leaving from at 9 a.m. from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and returning at 3 p.m.
- Driving Directions to Fort Hoskins
- Information About Fort Hoskins
- Family Activity Day at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art
- National Archaeology Day
- Center for Ancient Studies and Archaeology at Willamette University
- Salem Society of the Archaeological Institute of America
- Oregon State University
- Archaeological Institute of America Society Outreach Grant