Fond du Lac Cosponsors Museum Training

Aug 15th, 2001 | By | Category: 13-1: Honoring Our Students & Alumni, Tribal College News

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDL) is cosponsoring a workshop September 17-28, 2001, to train staff for the new American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Cultural Learning Centers. The museum practices workshop will include basic instruction in museum related skills, such as curation, conservation, documentation, and display of cultural objects. It will also include training on developing exhibits, managing museums, and raising funds. The cosponsors are the Science Museum of Minnesota, the National Museum of the American Indian, and AIHEC Cultural Learning Centers project.

The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, has supported the cultural learning centers since the project’s inception in 1998. “These learning centers will showcase the vitality, spirit, and richness of our Native cultures,” said W. Richard West, director. “We look forward to working with these centers to enliven representation of the dynamic nature of tribal cultures,” he said. The NMAI is working with the tribal colleges to develop a “fourth museum” program, which will interconnect the national collection with the tribal college cultural centers.

The first week of the workshop will take place at the Fond du Lac Cultural Learning Center in Cloquet, MN, and the second week at the Science Museum in St. Paul. Workshop participants who successfully complete the workshop will receive five semester credits. The registration deadline is September 7th. For more information, contact Mike Peacock at FDLTCC (218) 529-6238 or via e-mail at <mpeacock@ezigaa.fdl.cc.mn.us>. To see photos of the Fond du Lack cultural center construction, see the website at <aamoo.fdl.cc.mn.us/interp>.

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