Exploring the History Around You
Join the City Museum in Discovering Your Own Backyard in 2013. Each month the museum will offer daily, interactive, in-gallery activities geared to all ages of museum patrons. From podcasts to our geology lab, local history will come alive for children and adults alike. Exhibits and activities in our temporary gallery will change about every two months.
Call the Museum at 505-426-3205 for current themes and activities and check the Calendar of events for upcoming events, times, and locations.
Eleven-sees at the Museum
Gather with teenagers, college students, and adults as we meet at the Museum every 4th Saturday at 11AM tosee and participate in our monthly lecture series, accompanied by, of course, light refreshments. In keeping with our 2013 theme of Discovering Your Own Backyard the City Museum will be sponsoring talks on topics that will include but are not limited to local Geology, Creativity, Architecture, Railroads, and Nature. These lectures are free and make excellent extra credit opportunity.
**Contact Kristin Hsueh, Museum Educator, if you would like to offer attendance at Eleven-sees as extra credit so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Pre and Post In-School Visits
Launching in 2013 the City Museum will be offering the option of Pre- and/or Post-visit classroom sessions to complement a field trip to the museum. Each program will be tailored to your particular needs. The pre-visits will help students ready themselves for the museum visit by imparting background knowledge for their upcoming customized tour. Post-visits will add to the learning experience by ensuring that the lesson is fully absorbed by the students.
Museum to You is a new outreach program consisting of a traveling trunk that includes artifacts, props, and hands on materials for students and prepared lesson plans for instructors. This teaching tool may be used two ways: The Museum Educator, Kristin, will bring a traveling trunk and present a program to students that will last for 45 minutes to one hour. Or, instructors may integrate the subject information into existing curriculum using the proffered lesson plans. Call us and schedule a visit by museum staff or reserve the traveling trunk for a week at a time for your own presentation. Like all programs offered by the museum, Museum to You can be custom fitted to your curriculum.
The Museum staff designs age-appropriate education and outreach programs to audiences ranging from K-12, and for adults. We are happy to customize our activities to fit your educational needs.
**Please contact Kristin Hsueh, Museum Educator, to schedule your field trip to the museum or to request an outreach program to your classroom. For customized programs please contact the museum staff at least 2 weeks prior to your visit!
Some of our current field trip options are:
What is a Museum?
Have you ever been to a museum? Are there different types of museums? Whether you have been to a dozen museums or none, each museum offers different opportunities to learn. Experience your local history at the City of Las Vegas Museum and learn what type of materials are displayed and housed right here in Las Vegas! Children will learn about artifacts, archives, and photographs and what goes into the making of a museum.
Centennial State Symbols
When did the hot air balloon become the state aircraft? Have you ever wondered what the state insect is? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we discuss the State Symbols of New Mexico. Celebrate New Mexico's statehood centennial by taking your class on a hands-on field trip. Students will learn about various state symbols and have an opportunity to touch and investigate objects such as turquoise and listen to the state song.
Las Vegas Alive!
GRADES 5 – 12 (AND ADULTS OR FAMILIES)
Las Vegas Alive! is a pen and paper role-playing game that can be played either in class or at the museum. Participants become characters from the past by creating a historical person using names, occupations, and artifacts. Players interact with each other to solve personal challenges and participate in a community undertaking. This activity helps students learn about New Mexico history and develops skills in public speaking, critical thinking, history, writing, and theater.
Office of the State Historian Website
Tecolote Pueblo [PDF]: Robert Mishler, Professor Emeritus, NMHU discusses his research.
Vimeo-Recordings of Past Lectures