Education

One of the ways the University of Arkansas Museum fulfills its public service and outreach mission is through community engagement.

Museum Curator giving a collections tour. Staff members provide collection tours for visiting groups, research services, and talks on a variety of subjects. The Museum also collaborates with the University community to help enhance student learning experiences, from exhibit creations to class activities on-site.

If interested, please fill out the form below. Whether you're part of the UA community, an outside organization, or from the general public, we'd love to speak with you!

 

Upcoming Events

14th @ 6PM: Curator Talk - "Merci Train"

Where: Bella Vista Public Library

After World War II, Americans banded together to send hundreds of boxcars of relief supplies to Europe. In return, French citizens sent gifts of gratitude to the United States in what were called Merci Trains. The boxcars included a variety of materials, from art to postcards to furniture. One such train for Arkansas arrived in North Little Rock on February 13th, 1949. Merci Train gifts were dispersed to various organizations, including the University of Arkansas Museum.

Join UA Museum Curator Laurel as she delves into this fascinating story of international friendship and recovery efforts after World War II, as well as see a selection of Merci Train gifts from the Museum’s collection up close!


16th from 11PM - 2PM: Museum in the Union - Paleontology

Where: Arkansas Union

Stop by the Arkansas Union on University of Arkansas campus to see awesome fossils up-close (including the Arkansas State Dino!), learn about paleontology, and chat with a UA Museum Curator!

This event will be casual & come-and-go. Find us on the 3rd floor at the entrance of the Union Food Court anytime between 11-2PM on January 16th!

BE THERE OR BE EATEN.


 16th @ 7PM - Monthly Speaker:

UA Associate Professor from the Dept. of Geosciences 's  Dr. Celina Suarez's “The Vertebrate Fossil Record of the Lower Cretaceous Strata of Arkansas: A Rapidly Evolving Picture”

Where: UA Museum (2475 N Hatch Ave)

The UA Museum will host Dr. Celina Suarez’s talk “The Vertebrate Fossil Record of the Lower Cretaceous Strata of Arkansas: A Rapidly Evolving Picture” on January 16th at 7PM.

Associate Professor in the Department of Geosciences, Dr. Suarez was part of the research team that studied the first theropod dinosaur trackways found in Arkansas and published their findings in the journal PLOS ONE last year. The tracks were found in 2011 at a gypsum quarry in SW Arkansas. It was determined the tracks belonged to the large carnivorous dinosaur Acrocanthosaurus. Plaster casts of the tracks were made and later donated to the University of Arkansas Museum. Dr. Suarez will discuss the team’s findings, as well as some of her other recent work.

A sampling of the casts will be on display specially for the program. Those who attend will also get a chance to see other fossils from the Museum on display, including the Arkansas State Dinosaur.

Dr. Suarez will be the first in the Museum’s new Monthly Speaker series this year. The series aims to connect the Museum’s collections with exciting, related research conducted by the UA community.

 Light refreshments will be served. This series is free and open to the public.

20th from 11AM - 2PM: Museum in the Union - Snakes

Where: Arkansas Union

Stop by the Arkansas Union on University of Arkansas campus to see awesome snake specimens from the Museum's collections up-close and chat with a UA Museum Curator! (Note: There will be no live specimens at the event.)

This event will be casual & come-and-go. Find us on the 3rd floor at the entrance of the Union Food Court anytime between 11-2PM!

BE THERE OR BE SSSSQUARE.


 21st @ 7PM - Monthly Speaker:

UA Associate Professor from the Dept. of Biological Sciences Dr. J.D. Willson's "Challenges in Understanding Population and Community Dynamics of Secretive Snakes"

Where: UA Museum (2475 N Hatch Ave)

How do you manage or conserve species that you seldom see, even where you know they occur?  This is a fundamental challenge for snake biologists who must overcome the secretive behavior, cryptic coloration, and often low abundances of the species they study. In this seminar, Dr. Willson will share his research on population and community dynamics of some of our most unique, but poorly understood, snake species, and approaches that he and his students use to study them.

Plus, see a special selection of snake specimens from the Museum's collections on display for that night only! (Note: There will be no live specimens at the event.)

Event is free. Light snacks will be served.

13th from 11AM - 2PM: Museum in the Union - Archeology

Where: Arkansas Union

Stop by the Arkansas Union on University of Arkansas campus to see awesome archeological materials from the Museum's collections up-close and chat with a UA Museum Curator! The featured specimens will be related to two talks the Museum will host later that week by Research Station Archeologist Elizabeth Horton on plant domestication and prehistoric weaving traditions from the region.

This event will be casual & come-and-go. Find us on the 3rd floor at the entrance of the Union Food Court anytime between 11-2PM!


15th @ 7PM - Monthly Speaker Series

Archeologist Dr. Elizabeth Horton on “Woven Worlds: The Archeology of Textiles and Basketry in the Pre-Columbian Southeast"

Where: UA Museum (2475 N Hatch Ave)

Although most people will think of the dry landscapes of the American Southwest or Egypt when it comes to well-preserved ancient textiles and basketry, there are, in fact, substantial amounts of archeological fabrics found in the humid southeastern United States.

In this talk, Horton focuses on some of the largest (and closest!) assemblages of well-preserved textiles and basketry from the region - the Ozark Bluff shelters of Arkansas and Missouri and Spiro Mounds in Oklahoma. She will explore what we know about the fabric traditions of the Southeastern United States, from what people wore to what plants they used to produce clothing, social roles of textiles and basketry in the Mississippian period cultures, and fabric traditions that persist in the artistry of contemporary Southeastern Native weavers.

The Museum houses the largest and most significant collection of Arkansas archeological material anywhere, which Dr. Horton has studied on numerous occasions. Those who attend will have a chance to see a selection of relevant collection materials on display for that evening only.

The event will be held in the Arkansas Archeological Survey building at 2475 N Hatch Ave. Light refreshments will be served. It is free and open to the public.


16th from 10AM - 12PM:OLLI at University of Arkansas Course

Research Station Archeologist for Toltec Mounds Archeologial State Park Liz Horton on Prehistoric Plant Domestication

Location: UA Museum (2475 N Hatch Ave)

Calling all gardening and plant enthusiasts! Join us at the University of Arkansas Museum to learn about the history of plant domestication in the region.


When asked “what did the Indians of Arkansas eat?”, most Arkansans answer “corn, beans, and squash.” While this triad of crops were staple foods for Arkansas Indians, they were only the latest addition to a sophisticated system of land management and horticulture. Dr. Horton will talk about the experimental garden at Toltec Mounds State Park and the Eastern Agricultural Complex, or the ancient domesticated and
cultivated crops like sumpweed, may grass, little barley, sunflower, goosefoot, and erect knotweed, that people planted and tended thousands of years ago. She will also discuss why the archeological record of Arkansas is so critical to a broad array of research concerning plant domestication, and why Arkansas’s natural lands are vital to the future of research into crop domestication and crop genetics.


The program will include a behind the-scenes tour of the Museum’s collections by its curators, a lecture about prehistoric plant domestication by Dr. Horton, and a chance to see prehistoric archaeological materials up close!

 

Event is not free. It is $30 for OLLI Members and $45 for non-OLLI Members.


30th from 11:30AM - 2PM: UA Museum Open House

In conjunction with Arkansas Archeological Survey - UAF's 6th Annual Celebrate Archeology Day. The Museum's vast collections will be open for the public to view. *Please note that bags, purses and heavy coats will need to be left outside the collections storage area. A dedicated Museum staff member will watch over these personal items.

 25th @ 7PM - Monthly Speaker Series

UA Students will explore the cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity of the African continent through art.

Location: UA Museum (2475 N Hatch Ave)

UA students Trinity Kai, Eden Leal and Deena Owens will discuss the research they conducted for the Africa in Action: Selections from the University of Arkansas Museum exhibit currently located in Old Main, 5th floor. The exhibit explores the rich cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity of the African continent, featuring objects from the highlands of Ethiopia in East Africa to the savanna that stretches across West Africa.

A special selection of relevant ethnological materials from the Museum's collections will be on display for that night only!

Event is free. Light snacks will be served.

Program Request Form

Please note that submitting this request form does not finalize the date selected. Staff will contact you to finalize event details.