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Oct. 31, 2006

UI Museums Host Programs On History and Animals

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History and Old Capitol Museum will host a series of events designed to help elementary students learn about animals and explore the past, beginning Nov. 5.

The events will cover several specific topics:

--The Museum of Natural History will host the "Animal Tales!" story program at 2 p.m. Sundays Nov. 5 and 19 in Mammal Hall. The November theme for Sunday Stories is creatures in winter. Activities and hand-outs will be given to attendees to take home.

--The Old Capitol Museum will host the programs "World Explorers: Treks around the Globe" on Sunday, Nov. 12, and "Prairie Homes: Living in Iowa during the 1800s" on Sunday, Nov. 26. All story hours begin at 2 pm. 

Five University of Iowa students assembled this production as part of a service-learning requirement for the Introduction to Museums. Each student devotes 20 hours to various community and UI museums. The projects, ranging from collections work to public outreach, are designed to activate class readings and lessons through museum training.

"The experience has been wonderful because I actually get to interact with young visitors one-on-one, and gain new perspectives on education in museums," said Kathrine Moermond, a University of Iowa museum studies student and staff member at the Old Capitol Museum.

--"Survivor: Iowa's Winter Mammals," will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in Mammal Hall at the Museum of Natural History. Iowa is a pleasant place for many animals to live until the snow falls, when they are forced to change their usual way of life in order to survive. A special guided tour of Mammal Hall will provide information on how different mammals survive the tough conditions of winter in Iowa, with activities and hand-outs provided to visitors.

The Museum of Natural History will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving, but the Old Capitol Museum will be closed Nov. 24. Both museums will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

For more information on Museum of Natural History programs, contact Sarah Horgen, 319-335-0606 or sarah-horgen@uiowa. For more information on Old Capitol Museum programs contact Elisa Ewing, education and outreach coordinator, Old Capitol Museum, 319-335-3591,

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, Writer: Colin Burke