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Education is inherent in all aspects of Chicora's work. Archaeological research generates newspaper publicity bringing the past to life for thousands of readers. Preservation assessments are a vehicle to educate museums and library staffs in a range of preservation issues. Consulting on archaeological conservation is an opportunity to emphasize the importance of ensuring that archaeological collections are available for future researchers.

Education Program (30618 bytes)Our approach to public education is unique -- we are not trying to teach kids how to be archaeologists. We are not lecturing them on dates, arrowheads, and excavation techniques.   Instead, we are using the thrill of the past to turn kids on to learning. Chicora Foundation develops socially responsive programs -- programs that reach out to the low income, at-risk students and offer them an incentive to learn. Programs, for example, that emphasize the ethnic heritage of African American students, encourage them to explore their "roots," and help them see that they have a heritage to be proud of.

Chicora is equally committed to adult programs. For example, through our program entitled, "Preserving Your Family Treasures," we help people care for their family heirlooms -- photographs, diaries, letters, quilts, baptismal dresses, and other precious items. We have also been invited speakers at a number of functions -- ranging from Rotary Clubs to Boards of Realtors to historical organizations. In every case, Chicora representatives have taken the opportunity not simply to talk about our work, but to explore ways that the public can make a difference in the preservation of South Carolina's heritage.

Program Areas

  • Work in the Schools -- A major aspect of Chicora's education work includes developing programs for teachers and working with school kids. Chicora's educational programs are among the most extensive in South Carolina, typically reaching about 4,000 kids a year. Our in-school programs emphasize hands-on activities, designed to involve students in the presentation. We realize that students, of any age or ability, learn best when they are active participants. Our programs cover a wide range of South Carolina heritage -- prehistoric Native Americans, European colonists, and African American slaves and freedmen -- and focus on the contributions and influences of each of these groups in our heritage today. We work with teachers to develop programs that are specifically suited to their class and their needs.

  • Curricula Development -- Chicora has prepared a number of curricula for classroom teachers.  We have also participated in a wide range of professional seminars and workshops on interpreting the past for the public.

  • Teacher Programs -- Chicora has offered a variety of workshops and in-service training programs for teachers. These are designed to help teachers more effectively integrate history, archaeology, and social studies in the classroom. We focus not only on unique methods, but also on the topics important for students to understand. Most importantly, we emphasize the need for students to be able to critically analyze and evaluate information. We have also worked with teachers in continuing education programs and have even worked on a summer program for teachers to earn graduate-level course credit doing archaeology and learning new techniques for teaching the past to their kids.

  • Heritage Marketing -- We have attracted considerable press attention, with many articles going out on the AP wire. Our work, and business partners, have been featured in the New York Times, as well as the Wall Street Journal. Our activities have reached thousands of individuals, promoting not just the Foundation, but also specific projects and a general respect for heritage.

  • Heritage Interpretation -- Chicora Foundation has worked with a wide range of groups to develop publicly oriented brochures, exhibits, and audio-visual programs. These have been designed to provide simple, concise information on archaeology for the public. We have also developed interpretative plans for parks and developments, working to convey the meaning and importance of broad historical themes. These activities have included public relations recommendations, development of signage and displays, production of brochures, and publication of popular articles in property owner newsletters.

For information on our education programs, please contact Debi Hacker.


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