Museum Outreach for our National Parks and Monuments

Chaco-Aztec Outreach Explained

The nitty-gritty Day-to-day

Have you ever wondered about the research that is conducted in national parks, monuments, and historic sites?  Very much related to my work as an intern, the artifacts and specimens from research conducted in national parks, monuments, and historic sites are incorporated into the National Park Service Museum Collections. Although the value of this collection is primarily for research, Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Aztec Ruins National Monument have sought to open the collections to the public because this collection is more accessible than the park at times. Through this internship, it also feels like a different dimension of the Chaco Canyon and Aztec Ruins story is being told.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with the archives and object repositories looking for stories. In the case of the archives, I look for the people who haven’t had their story told. In the case of objects, I try to relate them to objects people might be more familiar seeing. Even though the NPS Museum collections have samples from almost every field, I focus on finding stories within the object repository and archive repository. This is also a longwinded way of saying that I do a lot of reading because the goal of this internship is to create social media posts about the stories of these repositories, as well as create a tour narrative. All of this reading is well worth it because putting this collection in context of these parks makes these cold rooms come alive. 

Chaco-Aztec Object Repository
Chaco-Aztec Archive Repository
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