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October 15, 2004

The Burke Museum Fall Programs, October – December 2004

Seattle—Continuing with the Year of the Fossils celebration, the Burke Museum is offering more programming and exhibits focused on fossils, and paleontology, as well as several cultural exhibits and events.

A complete schedule is listed below and on the Burke website at www.burkemuseum.org or on our recorded information line: 206-543-5590.

On view through Oct. 13, 2004
Lewis and Clark Visit Cathlapotle Village on the Columbia River in 1806 – A Mural and Display
A historically accurate mural and several Chinook objects from the Burke collection are on view for the Lewis and Clark bicentennial coming up in 2006.

On view through Nov. 7, 2004
Display: Day of the Dead
The Burke Museum has invited members of the local Latino cultural organization, La Casa de Artes, to construct an altar at the museum in celebration of this year’s Day of the Dead. Altars are constructed in homes and public places to honor individuals with things pleasing to the dead: food, drinks, marigolds, salt, and photographs all help welcome them back into their homes. The Burke’s community altar was created by Isaac Hernandez and Juan Torres of La Casa de Artes.

Fri., Oct. 22 3 – 4 pm
Lecture: John James Audubon: The Making of an American
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes follows the curious life of the world's most famous painter of birds. Get the story of the man behind the society, the birders' most admired man and arguably one of the most significant observers of our fine feathered friends. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes follows the curious life of the world's most famous painter of birds.

Sun., Oct. 24 10 am – 4 pm
Exploring Archeology: Northwest Native Survival Strategies
Seattle— Have you ever wondered what takes place during an archaeological dig? Get ready to find out and get your hands dirty at the Exploring Archaeology family program at the Burke Museum. Would you have what it takes to survive in the Pacific Northwest – if you lived thousands of years ago? Where would you sleep? What would you eat? This year, the popular annual event focuses on Northwest Coast Native American survival strategies, with displays and activities covering the variety of survival skills and tactics implemented thousands of years ago. A highlight of the day includes a mock archaeology dig, where participants will have a chance to use real field equipment to excavate, record, and interpret artifacts.

Sat., Oct. 30 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Teacher workshop: The Burgess Shale: Evolution’s Big Bang
The Burke Museum is hosting this one-day event to bring teachers closer to the stories of discovery and scientific inquiry that make this site so fascinating and important. Discovered in 1909, the fossils of the Burgess Shale, located high in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, provide a glimpse of the earth’s earliest life forms. Workshop participants must be registered in the Newspapers in Education program in order to attend. To register for The Seattle Times Newspapers in Education program, call 206-652-6290. For information, e-mail burked@u.washington.edu.

Thur., Nov. 4 6:30 pm
Lecture: Egypt and Mesopotamia in the 14th Cent BC: Ancient Diplomacy in an International Era
In 1887 AD, Bedouins discovered a cache of clay tablets at el-Amarna on the eastern bank of the Nile. The tablets became known as the Amarna letters and constitute part of the royal diplomatic correspondence of the Egyptian pharaohs. This presentation by Stephen Garfinkle of Western Washington University will use the text of the letters, along with images from archaeological excavations to explore the diplomatic, dynastic, and commercial connections between Egypt and Mesopotamia during the late Bronze Age.

Fri., Nov 19 6 – 8:30 pm
Member Event: Opening Preview: The Burgess Shale: Evolution's Big Bang
A traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution, The Burgess Shale features rare 505-million-year old fossils that are the ancestors to virtually all known living animals. Enjoy the exhibit, music, and refreshments at this member-only private event!

Sat., Nov. 20 10 am – 4 pm
Family Event: Opening Day of Burgess Shale: Evolution's Big Bang
Celebrate the opening of this new exhibit by taking guided tours of the exhibit, do fossil rubbings and go on a fossil treasure hunt. Plus, meet fossil experts and observe a “fossil preparator” at work, chipping fossil out of stone. Burgess Shale tells the story of one of the most important fossil site discoveries in North America.

Sat., Nov. 20, 2004 – Sun., March 6, 2005
New Exhibit: Burgess Shale: Evolution’s Big Bang
This Smithsonian exhibit features 505-million-year-old fossils that include the ancestors of virtually all known living animals. Also see some mysterious and still controversial creatures unlike any known today. Ranked as one of the 20th century’s most significant discoveries, this 1909 paleontological find is an exhibit of extraordinary creatures.

Sat., Jan. 22, 2005, 1 – 4 pm
Artifact Identification Day
Bring in your personal artifacts and have the experts at the Burke Museum help you identify their source and age. No appraisals given.

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The Burke Museum is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on 1st Thursdays. Special exhibit fee is $8.00 adult (18–64), $6.50 senior (65+), $5 youth/students (w/ID), and FREE to children 4 and under. Admission is free to Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff, and to the public on the first Thursday of each month. For 24-hour recorded information, please call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org.

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