Best AIA Local Society Program Submissions 2011

The Milwaukee Archaeology Fair, organized by the AIA-Milwaukee Society, won our online contest for the 2010-2011 Best AIA Local Society Program. Read more

     
AIA Mardi Gras Party
Archaeological Institute of America Toronto Chapter

In March our society hosted an event to promote our organization to the student groups of the University of Toronto. Our Mardi Gras party was archaeology costume themed and we had the likes of Evans, Rick O'Connell, and V. Gordon Childe show up. The event was a huge success with a raffle and silent auction raising money for our chapter's summer travel fellowship for undergraduate students. To the chagrin of Evans, Schliemann won for best archaeologist, and the red Attic ware vase won for best artefact. A fun night was had by all, all the while raising money for a good cause.

Submitted by: Irene Kritikopoulos
Audience:
college/university
general public
archaeological professionals

Estimated Number of Attendees: 50

Fall Forum in Classics
Central Arizona Society (Phoenix)

The AIA partnered with ASU to offer our first annual Fall Forum in Classics on November 12, 2010. Over 200 high school students came to the ASU campus to participate in lectures, games, contests, and creative activities. The Central Arizona Society worked closely with ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures and the undergraduate Classics Club to sponsor the event. Interactive and hands-on presentations from professors volunteering with Apples + Archaeology (Central Arizona Society’s outreach program) formed the centerpiece of the day’s events, including “How to sacrifice an Ox,” “Making Your Own Mosaic,” and “The Destruction & Reconstruction of Pompeii.”

Submitted by: Almira Poudrier
Audience: K-12
Estimated Number of Attendees: 200
Milwaukee Archaeology Fair
Milwaukee Society

The fun and excitement of archaeology was on display at the Milwaukee Archaeology Fair, co-sponsored by the Milwaukee Society and the Milwaukee Public Museum, March 11 and 12. Over 2500 school children, their teachers and families, as well as Boy Scouts and home-schoolers, enjoyed some two dozen hands-on activities and demonstrations on the world of archaeology presented by faculty, students, curators, museum educators, and volunteers, from area colleges, museums, and archaeological organizations. Re-enactors representing Greek hoplites, Roman legionnaires, Renaissance knights, and Celtic tribespeople, all in full and authentic regalia, helped bring ancient people alive for the people of southeastern Wisconsin.

Submitted by: Jane Waldbaum
Audience:
Local society
K-12
general public
educators

Estimated Number of Attendees: 2500

Roman Spectacle!
Tucson Society

At 4 p.m. on Friday, April 29th, 2011, in an grassy arena on the University of Arizona campus, the Tucson Society of the AIA—a good organization whose members love the people—presented a Roman gladiatorial spectacle of magnificent proportions! Following a cross-campus procession of participants led by our beloved emperor, some solemn ceremonial and imperial largesse for the plebs, the games began! Featured were ferocious beasts! barbarian warriors! heartless criminals! and as culmination, the combat of four pairs of matched gladiators! All in attendance truly enjoyed the spectacle of Roman power and justice. Praise the emperor! (More details: http://aiatucson.arizona.edu/spectacle.htm)

Submitted by: John Bauschatz
Audience:
Local society
K-12
college/university
general public

Estimated Number of Attendees: 120

Symposium to Celebrate the Centennial of Gertrude Howland
Richmond Virginia

September 18, 2010 we held a symposium at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in honor of the 100th birthday of Gertrude Howland, the AIA's first Society Trustee, and the 2002 winner of the Martha and Artemis Joukowsky Distinguished Service Award. Steven Dyson, John Camp, and Pam Gaber gave talks on the past century in Archaeology, and the talks were followed by a luncheon

Submitted by: Art Cassanos
Audience:
Local society
general public
archaeological professionals

Estimated Number of Attendees: 80

Texas Archaeology Day
Southwest Texas Archaeological Society (San Antonio)

At historic Mission San Jose National Park, the AIA-Southwest TX Archaeology Society joined other archaeology groups in providing children activities and information about archaeological endeavors worldwide during Texas Archaeology Day on October 7, 2010. Society events were tied to the theme of "Rome in the New World," highlighting the Roman themes of pacifying and securing provinces through forts (missions), road systems, water irrigation, and architecture. A large Roman arch kit and 3-D models of the Mission San Jose church allowed children to learn about Roman architecture. Simple books and posters about the Roman empire provided more information on these themes.

Submitted by: Nicolle Hirschfeld on behalf of Laura Childs
Audience:
Local society
K-12
college/university
general public
tourists
educators
archaeological professionals

Estimated Number of Attendees: 1800

 

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