For release: April 9, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey
The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa will host a two-day event to introduce new exhibits
and features Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13. “Chucalissa Spring ... A New Season
Begins” will run Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission
is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
On both days, Chucalissa will feature the following:
• A new eight-minute video that introduces Chucalissa to visitors. The video highlights
the history of discovery at Chucalissa and places the site within the context of prehistoric
American Indians throughout the Southeast.
Hands-On Archaeology Laboratory Exhibit
• Opening of the Hands-on Archaeology Laboratory exhibit. Visitors will experience
the stages that artifacts pass through from the time of excavation to when they are
placed in a museum display. Individual stations will display information about American
Indians that has been learned by analyzing the wide variety of artifacts recovered.
• A new Choctaw Heritage Exhibit will highlight the 50th anniversary of members of
the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians at Chucalissa and their role as site interpreters
Choctaw Heritage Exhibit
• A temporary exhibit of artifacts from Poverty Point, a World Heritage prehistoric
site in northeast Louisiana, will continue through May 28.
• Guided tours of the Chucalissa mounds, plaza, and nature trail
Also, a teacher’s workshop on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon will introduce a “traveling
archaeology trunk” as well as other educational resources for the classroom. (Reservations
are not required for the workshop.)
Artifacts from Poverty Point
On Sunday at 2 p.m., Catherine Hammons, a graduate student in the Department of Earth
Sciences at the University of Memphis, will present her research on Mississippian
Operated by the University of Memphis, the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa serves as
a gateway to understanding the science of archaeology and the interpretation of Native
American history. The museum exhibits interpret the prehistory of the Mid-South and
contemporary Southeastern Indian cultures.
Chucalissa is located at 1785 Indian Village Drive in southwest Memphis. For a map
and directions, go online to http://cas.memphis.edu/chucalissa/contact.htm
For more information, call Museum Director Robert Connolly at 901-785-3160.