"Mammoth" Opens with Day of Family Fun

For immediate release March 1, 2004



Sarah Oltrogge, (515) 281-4011

Des Moines, Iowa—Kids of all ages will be treated to a full day of fun activities in
conjunction with the State Historical Museum of Iowa's opening of its latest and greatest exhibit, "Mammoth: Witness to Change."

The fun begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 13 at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust Des Moines. There will be free activities in the atrium, auditorium and resource center with additional ongoing activities in the Heritage Classrooms for a $5 fee.

The schedule is as follows:
Free activities:
10 a.m.: Welcoming remarks by Department of Cultural Affairs Director Anita Walker and brief introduction about Mammoth: Witness to Change by Museum Director Jerome Thompson, atrium.

10:30 a.m.: Curator remarks by Bill Johnson, atrium.

10:45 a.m.: Storytime, Resource Center. Local celebrities and community leaders read mammoth stories. Suitable for any age child.

11 a.m.: Mammoth March, atrium. An original dance created by Janice Baker, atrium. This dance is a fun, "follow and do" dance for the young at heart of any age that follows the life cycle of the mammoth, ending with a grand finale celebration. Children and adults are welcome to participate in this activity.

11 a.m.: "Mammoths and Humans at the End of the Last Ice Age," presented by Mark Anderson, project archaeologist with the Office of the State Archaeologist, auditorium. What was happening as mammoths watched human entry into the new world, and how did the two interact? Anderson explores this and discusses Clovis and Pre-Clovis cultures and finally, Iowa's place in all of this some 12,000 years ago. Anderson includes visual artifacts from his "Time Capsules from the Past" and a mock demo of some of the tools early humans are known to have used.

Noon: Mammoth March, atrium.

12:45 p.m.: Storytime, Resource Center

1-2 p.m.: Flintknapping demonstration by Mark Anderson, atrium. Flintknapping is the making of flaked or chipped stone tools. This technology was used in historic times to manufacture gun flints and in prehistoric times to make spear and dart points, arrow heads, knives, scrapers, blades, gravers, perforators, and many other tools.

1:15 p.m.: Storytime, Resource Center.

1:30 p.m.: Tour of the exhibit by Sarah Macht, museum education coordinator, atrium.

1:45 p.m.: Mammoth March, atrium.
Ongoing from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Ice Castle, second floor gallery. Explore the ins and outs of a giant ice castle.

For $5, children and adults can enjoy these activities in the Heritage Classrooms (located just off the atrium), ongoing from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.:
Decorate Your Own Mammoth T-shirt
Mammoth cookie decorating courtesy of Hy-Vee
Cave art stamping
Create a mammoth collage
Make a stick mammoth puppet or paper bag mammoth puppet
Create mammoth paper cutouts

For more information, call 515-281-4011 or visit www.iowahistory.org.


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