Dinosaurs, Apes, Fundraising and Programming

Alyson Wilkins embarked on a wide-ranging and eye-opening internship this summer, in addition to volunteering in the KU Biodiversity Institute Paleo Lab and presenting posters and papers at professional conferences.

What do dinosaurs and apes have in common? I spent the summer interning at the Museum at Prairiefire learning how museum run themselves. The Museum at Prairiefire is located in Overland Park, Kansas, and they do museums a little differently. They have one central rotating exhibit and the theme during my time was The World’s Largest Dinosaurs. Part of my internship included helping to create docent guides.

Props for Planet of the Apes movie night and talk: ape and human skulls, a Prairiefire shot glass, and all-access passes to the museumI enjoyed helping create a movie outreach event revolving around the summer hit, War for the Planet of the Apes. It was a movie screening and talk with a specialist in ape biology and evolution. This project also provided me the opportunity to learn A speaker discusses primates after the Young Professionals group watches Planet of the Apes.more about Young Professionals organizations in Kansas City and meet all the fantastic people involved in them. I also helped begin a programming series which will evolve into its’ own Young Professionals group.

Working with the fantastic group of people at the Museum at Prairiefire was a wonderful learning experience. I learned everything from direct mail fundraising to program design and more, from a group of people who excel in their respective fields. I enjoyed working with them and look forward to seeing what the Museum at Prairiefire does in the future.


Museum Events

Kenneth Spencer Research Library North Gallery Grand Reopening
Thursday, September 7 | 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: 15-minute tours of North Gallery, 4 p.m.: Brief remarks
Kenneth Spencer Research Library, 1450 Poplar Lane
University of Kansas campus

Fall 2017 Applied Humanities Workshop with N.Y. Nathiri
Friday, September 15 | 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Hall Center for the Humanities Conference Room
Nathiri is executive director of of the Association for the Preservation of the Eatonville Community (P.E.C.). P.E.C. is a 501(c)(3) founded in 1987 and based in Eatonville, Florida, the hometown of Zora Neale Hurston. P.E.C. hosts the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of Arts and Humanities; The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston); and a host of year-round programs for pre-K through 12. Nathiri is a professionally trained librarian and an award-winning preservationist.

Teacher Appreciation Night
September 28 | 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
The Truman Presidential Museum
500 W. U.S. Highway 24
Independence, MO
More than 20 museums across the region will be present to help teachers craft lessons and offer their resources. Free to all educators.
 

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