Student-led Exhibit On Jamaica At Brazos Valley Museum

COLLEGE STATION, Dec. 9, 2010 – Texas A&M University students are presenting an exhibit on ancient Jamaica at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, which opens with a public reception on Saturday (Dec. 11).

Students enrolled in the American Studies Museum Exhibitions class created the “Jamaica’s Sunken City: A Glimpse Into 17th Century Port Royal,” which runs through Dec. 22. An opening reception, free of charge and open to the public, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The exhibit will feature artifacts recovered during excavations at Port Royal, Jamaica by the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M. The excavation site, along with much of the rest of the colonial city, was submerged in 1692, following a devastating earthquake. Members of the Museum Exhibitions course will host an interactive children’s activity simulating underwater excavation at the museum from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 18. This activity is free to members, and for non-members is included with general museum admission.

 The Museum Exhibitions course is a collaboration between the American Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology. Class members have been studying museum theory and the history of Port Royal throughout the fall semester. As their final project, class members have been involved in every aspect of the exhibition process, from artifact selection and research to exhibition planning and installation.

 For more information about the exhibit, contact Deborah Cowman at d-cowman@tamu.edu or Elyssa Jechow, the class spokesperson, at elyssagj@tamu.edu. For more information on the Museum Exhibitions class, contact instructor Cory Arcak at coryarcack@neo.tamu.edu or the American Studies Program Director Susan Stabile at stabile@tamu.edu

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History, located in the Brazos Center at 3232 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about this program or other displays or events, contact the museum at (979) 776-2195 or www.brazosvalleymuseum.org.  

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Contact: Deborah Cowman at d-cowman@tamu.edu; or Kelli Levey, News & Information Services, at (979) 845-4645 or klevey@tamu.edu.

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