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  1. Shell Buttons

    Learn why the rivers of the Midwest produce the best buttons in the world, made from Mussel shells. Check out the step-by-step process of producing a shell button, something businesses along the Mississippi have been doing since 1891. Learn More
  2. Life Along the Nile

    The Nile River was a source of water and life for the Ancient Egyptians. Examine a fishing net, papyrus paper, and other objects in this box to identify common themes of life along the Nile. Learn to operate a model of a shaduf, an ancient water-lifting device still in use today. Then, hold a debate about whether life in Ancient Egypt could have existed without the Nile River. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  3. Shells

    These beautiful seashells were made by creatures called mollusks. Learn the many ways that humans have used shells throughout history, and find out where you can go to look for your favorite types! Learn More
  4. Northwest Coast Peoples

    The lush environment of the Pacific Northwest Coast shapes the art and lives of its residents. Discuss the basic needs of Northwest Coast Peoples 2,000 years ago. Examine a halibut hook, cedar specimen, and other objects to infer how innovative peoples have harvested the rich resources of the Northwest Coast to meet their everyday needs. Explore how symbolism carries meaning in totem poles. Learn More
  5. Fishing in the Americas

    Over generations, various peoples of the Americas lived alongside seas, lakes and rivers. As a result, they developed a deep relationship with and understanding of native fishes and their ecosystems. Learn about how fishing technologies were both similar and different depending on the environment in which they were developed by exploring models and artifacts used for fishing in the Americas. Learn More

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