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September
Mysterious Mushrooms? Saturday, September 12
Archaeology Field Workshop–Learning The Basics, Saturday, September 19,
Celebrate Mansfield Festival, Sunday, September 20

October
Hammonassett Festival, Saturday, October 3 & Sunday, October 4
Day Trip: Brooklyn Botanic Garden & Brooklyn Museum, NYC, Saturday, October 10
Teale Lecture: Island Ecosystems, Friday, October 16
Connecticut Archaeology Fair, Saturday, October 17
Walktober: Canterbury’s Historic Captain John Clark Property, Friday, October 23
Walktober: Vampire Folk Belief in Historic New England, Saturday, October 31

November
Exploring Connecticut’s Towns–Guilford! Saturday, November 7
Carnivorous Plants in Connecticut & Around the World, Saturday, November 14
Teale Lecture: Slow Violence, Environmentalism, & the Arts, Thursday, November 19
Scientific Illustration–Insects! Saturday, November 21

December
Human Evolution During the Late Middle Pleistocene in Armenia, Sunday, December 6
Connecticut’s Earliest European Settlers, Saturday, December 12
Kids Drop-In Activity: Make a Bird Feeder! Saturday, December 19

Mysterious Mushrooms?
Connie Borodenko, Connecticut Valley Mycological Society
Saturday, September 12, 10 am to 11:30 am – Northeastern CT
Advance registration required: $20 ($15 for Members & Donors)

Discover the startling, colorful, sometimes delicious, and sometimes deadly world of mushrooms and fungi with mycologist Connie Borodenko. Bring a basket and paper bags for gathering these denizens of the shadows during the first hour of the program. Then learn about the fascinating world of fungi as we discuss the findings with our mushroom expert. This hike may be challenging for some and will include hilly areas.


Archaeology Field Workshop–Learning The Basics
Mandy Ranslow, Professional Archaeologist, Friends of the Office of State Archaeology
Saturday, September 19, 9 am to 11:30 am – UConn Storrs
Advance registration required: $20 ($15 for Members & Donors)

What happens at an archaeological dig? Learn about the science, field techniques, tools, and cultural aspects of archaeology from professional archaeologist Mandy Ranslow. Participants will be part of a real archaeological field crew, doing hands-on fieldwork at a genuine, ongoing historic house excavation at UConn. Findings at the site add important information to our understanding of Connecticut’s rich historic past.


Celebrate Mansfield Festival
Sunday, September 20, 12 noon to 4 pm – Mansfield Town Square

Enjoy Mansfield Downtown Partnership’s 12th Celebrate Mansfield Festival. This year the Museum will join Mansfield businesses, organizations, and school groups featuring art, music, entertainment, food, games, and activities promoting the Storrs area. Come and visit the Museum’s table as you experience a very entertaining afternoon! http://www.downtownstorrsfestival.org

Hammonassett Festival
Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4, 10 am to 5 pm – Madison, CT

Join the Museum and Archaeology Center and the Friends of the Office of State Archae-
ology (FOSA) at the Hammonassett Festival and explore Connecticut’s vibrant natural and cultural history. Try your hand at using the atlatl, an ancient spear-throwing tool that predates the bow and arrow. There will be ongoing amateur atlatl contests and the New England Atlatl Championship. Atlatl activity is limited to adults and children ages 8 and above. Additional activities will include Native American drumming and dancing, nature programs, Meigs Point Nature Center activities, archaeology and geology exhibits, and Native American musician Arvel Bird performing.

Day Trip: Brooklyn Botanic Garden & Brooklyn Museum, NYC
Saturday, October 10 – Departing from Storrs and Cromwell
Advance registration required: Bus Fee $50 ($40 for Members and Donors) All ages welcome.

Beautiful in the fall, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden represents the very best in urban gardening and horticultural display, with over 10,000 taxa of plants within its 52 acres. Adjacent to the Botanic Garden you will find the Brooklyn Museum, one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. Its renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures from across the globe.

The bus will leave Storrs at 8 am and make a second pick-up in Cromwell at 8:45 am. The bus will depart Brooklyn at 5 pm. Please arrive and be prepared to board the bus prior to departure times. Admission to the Museum and Botanic Garden are not included and should be paid at the door. Both offer a discounted “Art and Garden Ticket” to visit both venues. For admission packages, visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden website at http://www.bbg.org and the Brooklyn Museum website at http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/home.php.


Teale Lecture: Island Ecosystems
as Models for Human-Environment Interaction
Dr. Peter Vitousek, Professor of Biology, Faculty Director of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University
Friday, October 16, 3 pm – Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center, UConn Storrs

Oceanic Islands have long been model systems for understanding evolution and speciation, and ecosystem dynamics. The Islands of Polynesia are also useful as models for understanding human-environment interaction. For example, most of the Hawaiian Islands supported more people at the time of European contact than they do today, and were complex societies that drew all of their sustenance from local sources. Studies contribute to understanding the development and dynamics of intensive agriculture and the island societies that both drive and depended upon it, and indicate the possibility of a transition to sustainability on isolated islands. 

Connecticut Archaeology Fair
Saturday, October 17, 10 am to 4 pm
Burritt Library, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
Free with a suggested $5 donation for 18 and over.

Celebrate Archaeology Month and learn about many of the archaeological investigations going on around the state. Local archaeological societies, historical societies, and universities will have displays highlighting past and current excavations and research with opportunities to see and touch real artifacts! Have questions about archaeology? There will be archaeologists on hand to provide answers. Whether you have a passing interest in archaeology or you want to find out how to become more involved, there will be something for everyone. Stop by and visit the Museum and Archaeology Center’s booth! Parking is available in the lot next to Burritt Library or in the adjacent parking garage.


Walktober: Canterbury’s Historic Captain John Clark Property
Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, Emeritus State Archaeologist, Ellen Wilson, Canterbury
Historical Society
Friday, October 23, 1 pm – Canterbury, CT
Advance registration required. FREE for adults and children ages 10 and above.

The John Clark property in Canterbury features a stunning white historic mansion, stone walls, and idyllic landscape. After a brief architectural discussion with Ellen Wilson of the Canterbury Historical Society, Emeritus State Archaeologist Dr. Nick Bellantoni will lead a walk to the Quinebaug River, exploring the area’s geology, history, and indigenous culture. This activity is part of the Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor’s “Walktober.” The walk is approximately one-mile to the river and back and is moderately strenuous. Space is limited. Please register by calling Ellen Wilson at (860) 546-9346 beginning October 1.


Walktober: Vampire Folk Belief in Historic New England
Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, Emeritus State Archaeologist, Mary Deveau, Griswold
Historical Society
Saturday, October 31, 10 am, rain or shine – Jewett City, CT
Advance registration required. FREE for adults and children ages 12 and above.

In 1990 a couple of young boys discovered two skulls at the site of a gravel quarry in eastern Connecticut. Dr. Nick Bellantoni was called in to investigate what turned out to be a forgotten colonial family cemetery. One grave in particular caught his eye, connecting the burial to Vampire folklore and a real public health issue. This activity is part of the Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor’s “Walktober.” Space is limited. Please register by mail or call the Museum to reserve your space.



Special Series: Exploring Connecticut’s Towns–Guilford!
Dennis Culliton, Guilford Preservation Alliance
Patricia Lovelace, The Guilford Keeping Society
Saturday, November 7, 10 am to 12 noon – Guilford, CT
Advance registration required: $15 ($10 for Members & Donors)

Nestled alongside Long Island Sound, Guilford was settled by European colonists in 1639 after Native American Wequash Cooke deeded the land to Henry Whitfield in 1641. Today Guilford boasts the third largest collection of historical homes in New England, with dwellings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The historic tree lined town green host unique boutique shops, antique markets, and art galleries, with nearby historical museums showcasing Guilford’s heritage. The walking tour will explore Guilford’s rich history and include the 1774 Thomas Griswold House Museum and the 1639 Henry Whitfield State Museum, the oldest stone house in New England.

Carnivorous Plants in Connecticut and Around the World
Dr. Matthew Opel, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UConn
Saturday, November 14, 1 pm– Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs

Certain groups of plants struggling to survive in nutrient-poor soils, such as those found in bogs, have become predators, evolving adaptations to attract, capture, digest, and absorb nutrients from animal prey. Dr. Matthew Opel, horticulturist at the UConn department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology’s research and teaching greenhouses, will introduce carnivorous plants that grow right here in southern New England, as well as more exotic species, with a slide presentation and demonstrations with live plants.


Teale Lecture: Slow Violence, Environmental Activism, and the Arts
Dr. Robert Nixon, The Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment, Princeton University
Thursday, November 19, 4 pm – Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center, UConn Storrs

Dr. Robert Nixon will explore the imaginative and political challenges posed by slow violence, by the incremental casualties that shadow our most pressing environmental crises. His talk will focus on activists and artists who are responding with an urgent creativity to the challenge of representing unspectacular environmental violence in a spectacle-obsessed age. Co-sponsored by UConn’s Teale Series, Junior Faculty Forum of the Humanities Institute, and the Dodd Center.

Scientific Illustration–Insects!
Virge Kask, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UConn
Saturday, November 21, 10 am to 12 noon – Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs
Advance registration required: $25 ($20 for Members & Donors)

Whether beautiful or creepy, colorful or camouflaged, living in the soil or fluttering across the sky, insects in all their variety are intriguing subjects for artists and illustrators. Join Virge Kask, Scientific Illustrator, for the Museum’s scientific illustration workshop. Look closely at a variety of insects using microscopes, and the naked eye, to examine their anatomy in detail. Ms. Kask will teach the best techniques for conveying the essence of these captivating creatures using pencil and paper, and provide tips for drawing from mounts and live subjects. You will receive a folder with information about scientific illustration and supplies for making your illustrations in the classroom.

Ancient Human Evolution During the Late Middle Pleistocene in Armenia
Dr. Daniel Adler, Department of Anthropology, UConn
Sunday, December 6, 1 pm – Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs

The Late Middle Pleistocene (130,000–425,000 years ago) was a period of profound biological and behavioral change among our species, Homo sapiens, in Africa and our close cousins the Neanderthals in Eurasia. These biological changes were accompanied by important changes in stone tool technology, most notably the gradual replacement of large cutting tools and hand axes by tools produced by a new flaking method. During 2008 and 2009, Dr. Adler and his team excavated over 3,000 artifacts produced by both methods. Their results are significant because they support the idea that changes in human technology resulted from a common technological ancestry rather than the expansion from Africa of a particular human species armed with a new innovative technology.


Connecticut’s Earliest European Settlers
Dr. Brian Jones, State Archaeologist, Museum of Natural History, UConn
Saturday, December 12, 3 pm – Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, UConn Storrs

At a number of archeological digs this past summer, archaeologists unearthed clues about Connecticut’s colonial past. Join Dr. Brian Jones, Connecticut’s State Archaeologist who led these excavations, and discover what these recent archaeological explorations in Windsor and Glastonbury tell us about Connecticut’s earliest European settlers.

Kids Drop-In Activity: Make a Bird Feeder!
David Colberg, Museum of Natural History, UConn
Saturday, December 19, 10 am to 12 noon – Connecticut State Museum
of Natural History, UConn Storrs

Making a bird feeder is a fun way to learn about the birds around your home. With common household items, such as water bottles, milk jugs, cardboard rolls, and a little imagination, you can create a fantastic birdfeeder for your backyard. Once hung, get out your binoculars and enjoy the show! Drop in anytime between 10 am and 12 noon to join in this fun hands-on activity. Students entering grades 1 through 5, accompanied by an adult.