From Carl Sander at the Burke Museum:
Great event on Saturday with 795 in attendance, a surprising percentage of which (273, over 1/3) were Burke members. Membership sold 9 new memberships and 3 renewals, and the shop did $626 in sales. This marks the best attendance on record for an Archaeology Day event.
Our thanks go out to Kelly, Meredith and Ben from the American Institute of Archaeology for the new partners and the great snacks. They corralled participation from The Center for Wooden Boats (including their legendary founder, Dick Wagner), the Washington State History Museum, the Local AIA/Tel Dor project, and Castra Ferrata our Roman, Celt and Greek reenactors who enlivened the lobby and, I dare say, the hearts of many in attendance.
Jack Johnson and his crew from the UW Garbology Project did us a fantastic service by linking the Plastics exhibit to the rest of the event. Their activities and game show drew many more people into the exhibit than we usually see on Family Days, and eased the crowd pressure in the lobby tremendously. Jack will speak about the Garbology Project at our Short Takes event on Feb 5, and him and his crew will be back for our recycling fair in April.
It was great to have Sarah Sterling on hand to offer her insights into Egyptology for visitors drawn by our mummy. Laura brought in participation from the Suquamish Tribe, and they, along with everyone else, expressed great satisfaction with the event and a desire to return. Rodrigo did a wonderful job of coordinating the team from Burke Archaeology, and the new table top timeline of artifacts from around the Puget Sound worked exceptionally well at focusing attention on our collections and research.
Excluding Diane and myself, there were 9 staff and volunteers from the Education Division who helped with set up and tear down, provided reinforcement for Garbology, and showed parents and educators the terrific archaeology education resources the Burke offers throughout the year.
That is my report,
Public Programs Manager
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture