April 8, 2011
UI Pentacrest Museums host Family Weekend April 16–17
Make your own 1800s tin lantern, design a reusable shopping bag, or just come to hear some children's stories. All of that and more will be part of Family Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, at the University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums. Both the Museum of Natural History and Old Capitol Museum will offer a variety of free, public programs for visitors of all ages.
The Museum of Natural History will host a selection of environmentally themed programs throughout the weekend, including creating arts and crafts activities with recycled materials, designing reusable shopping bags, planting seeds to take home and watch grow, and taking home activities and information on how to help the environment in your own back yard.
On Saturday, Don "The Fossil Guy" Johnson will present "Survivor among the Mammals" at 2 p.m. in the Macbride Hall Auditorium.
On Sunday, visitors may watch the Hollywood film "Hoot" at 2 p.m. in the Macbride Hall Auditorium and participate in "Storytime Adventures: Prairie Animals" at 3 p.m. in Mammal Hall.
Old Capitol Museum will host a special "HiStory Time" at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, in the Supreme Court Chamber. Visitors will have the opportunity to make a special tin lantern similar to those used in the 1800s. The extended HiStory Time will also focus on the history of quilts and weaving.
Also on Saturday, UI doctoral student Jikyung Kam will perform 19th-century music on the Old Capitol's 1878 Steinway Piano. The concert will take place at 3 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber.
On Sunday, from 2-4 p.m., Old Capitol Museum will host the Habeas Corpus Early Music and Dance Troupe, led by Rachelle Tsachor, UI assistant adjunct professor of music, which will show visitors how families entertained themselves and their peers centuries ago. Participants are welcome to come in costume and try their hand at the different dances.
Visitors can also view the two current temporary exhibits: "Chaos and Creation on the Pentacrest," which highlights the 1965–75 period on the UI campus; and "100 Years of Museum Studies," celebrating the 100th anniversary of the UI Museum Studies Program, the oldest program of its kind in the country.
For more information, contact the Old Capitol Museum at 319-335-0548, or the Museum of Natural History at 319-335-0606. For museum hours see the UI Museum of Natural History website and the Old Capitol Museum website.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500
MEDIA CONTACTS: Kathrine Moermond, Old Capitol Museum 319-335-0546, firstname.lastname@example.org; Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606, email@example.com; Steve Parrott, University News Services 319-384-0037, firstname.lastname@example.org; Writer: Ryan Lindsay