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Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Accession 17-289

National Museum of Natural History. Office of Education and Outreach

Program Files, circa 1973-2015

Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Washington, D.C. Contact us at osiaref@si.edu.
Creator: National Museum of Natural History. Office of Education and Outreach
Title: Program Files
Dates: circa 1973-2015
Quantity: 3.5 cu. ft. (3 record storage boxes) (1 document box)
Collection: Accession 17-289
Language of Materials: English
Summary:

This accession consists of records created and maintained by Margery Gordon, Education Specialist at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), 1984-2015, and at the National Museum of American Art (formerly the National Collection of Fine Arts), 1973-1984, documenting the development and execution of educational and public programs. The bulk of the records document the docent training program, discovery activities, supplemental educational materials, public tours, and special events at the National Museum of Natural History. A small amount of material documents Gordon's involvement in the larger discussion of gender roles at the Smithsonian Institution and museums in general. Materials include guides to the museum, discovery activity instructions, tour scripts, informational packets, docent training materials, proposals, procedures, strategic planning materials, audiovisual recordings, photographs, brochures, conference papers, meeting materials, and related materials.

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This accession consists of records created and maintained by Margery Gordon, Education Specialist at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), 1984-2015, and at the National Museum of American Art (formerly the National Collection of Fine Arts), 1973-1984, documenting the development and execution of educational and public programs. The bulk of the records document the docent training program, discovery activities, supplemental educational materials, public tours, and special events at the National Museum of Natural History. A small amount of material documents Gordon's involvement in the larger discussion of gender roles at the Smithsonian Institution and museums in general. Materials include guides to the museum, discovery activity instructions, tour scripts, informational packets, docent training materials, proposals, procedures, strategic planning materials, audiovisual recordings, photographs, brochures, conference papers, meeting materials, and related materials.

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Preferred Citation

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-289, National Museum of Natural History. Office of Education and Outreach, Program Files

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Container List

Box 1

Multicultural Approaches to Objects, circa 1989

Box 1 of 4

Science Standards and Benchmarks, June 2001

Box 1 of 4

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, 2001-2002

Box 1 of 4

Organization and Management Plan for the Visitor and School Services Docents, 2005

Box 1 of 4

Transforming the Docent Volunteer Program at NMNH, NMNH Advisory Committee Final Report, September 27, 2007

Box 1 of 4

Learning Center Planning and Evaluation, 2009-2011

Box 1 of 4

Educational Strategies for Exhibitions

Box 1 of 4

NMNH PowerPoint and Resources

Box 1 of 4

Docent Training and Workshops, October 2007

Box 1 of 4

Volunteer Appreciation Night Program, October 10, 2007

Box 1 of 4

Visitor/School Services Volunteer Appreciation Day, January 28, 2008

Box 1 of 4

Docent Orientation Materials

Box 1 of 4

Docent Performance Standards

Box 1 of 4

Discover Station Activities, 2000-2001

Box 1 of 4

Discovery Carts, 2006-2007

Box 1 of 4

Discover Program: Vision and Mission

Box 1 of 4

Discover Program Presentation

Box 1 of 4

Q?rius Volunteer Curriculum, 2013

Box 1 of 4

Q?rius, 2013-2014

Box 1 of 4

Natural History Pursuit Museum Guide, 1986

Box 1 of 4

Field Guide to NMNH for Young Observers, 2003

Box 1 of 4

Young Explorers Museum Field Guide, 2007

Box 1 of 4

Highlights Tour Script, 1974

Box 1 of 4

Highlights Tour, 2002

Box 1 of 4

Highlights Tour Information, 2003

Box 1 of 4

Study Guide to Highlights of the Museum for Docents, August 2004

Box 1 of 4

Suggested Routes for Highlights Tours, October 2004

Box 1 of 4

Highlights Tour Study Script, December 2004

Box 1 of 4

Highlights Tour Script, 2005

Box 1 of 4

Docent Highlights Gallery and Object Study Guide, Fall 2007

Box 1 of 4

Highlights Tour with Meryl Streep - Recording (audiocassette)

Box 1 of 4

Highlights Tour - Spanish Recording (audiocassette)

Box 1 of 4

Touch and Hear Tour

Box 1 of 4

Touch and Hear Museum Guide

Box 1 of 4

Audio Tour Scripts for Selected Exhibits, circa 2003

Box 1 of 4

Letters from Students, 2009

Box 1 of 4

Magnificent Voyagers Instructional Guide, 1986

Box 1 of 4

Sifting Through the Evidence: The Science of Archeology Slide Script, 1986

Box 1 of 4

Dig It with Friends, Romans, and Countrymen: A Family Festival (King Herod's Dream: Caesarea on the Set), 1988

Box 1 of 4

Inside Active Volcanoes: Kilauea and Mount Saint Helens Brochure, 1989

Box 1 of 4

Indian Walkaround Educational Materials, 1990-1993

Box 1 of 4

Southeast Asian New Year Celebrations Instructional Guide for Grades 4-6, 1991

Box 1 of 4

Sugar and Spice - Recording, 1992 (audiocassette)

Box 1 of 4

Fact Sheets, circa 1997-2007

Box 1 of 4

Wolfgang Laib Education Packet, 2000

Box 1 of 4

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga Family Guide, 2000

Box 1 of 4

A Passion for Plants: Contemporary Art from the Shirley Sherwood Collection Brochure, 2003

Box 1 of 4

In Stabiano: Exploring the Ancient Seaside Villas of the Roman Elite Educational Materials and Correspondence, 2004

Box 1 of 4

Ancient Writing Educational Materials, 2004-2005

Box 1 of 4

Vanished Kingdoms: The Wulsin Photographs of Tibet, China, and Mongolia, 1921-1925, Brochure, 2006

Box 1 of 4

Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta Educator's Guide, 2009

Box 1 of 4

Box 2

Centennial Festival Planning, 2009-2010

Box 2 of 4

Race: Why are we so Different? Educational and Training Materials, 2011

Box 2 of 4

Korea Gallery Educational Materials, 2006-2007

Box 2 of 4

Myths, Myths, Myths! Educational Materials

Box 2 of 4

Artful Animals Activity Guide

Box 2 of 4

Ecology Museum Guide

Box 2 of 4

Ecosystems/Ecology Educational Materials

Box 2 of 4

How to Build an Elephant Activity

Box 2 of 4

Against All Odds: Rescue at the Chilean Mine Demonstration Cart Activity

Box 2 of 4

Linking Land and Sea Discovery Cart/Station Activities

Box 2 of 4

Echinoderms Brochure

Box 2 of 4

African Voices Exhibit Guide

Box 2 of 4

Xingu Recordings (2 audiocassettes)

Box 2 of 4

Ocean Hall Volunteer Training, 2008

Box 2 of 4

Ocean Hall Companion Book Promotional Materials, 2008

Box 2 of 4

Sant Ocean Hall Educational Materials, 2009

Box 2 of 4

Sant Ocean Hall Tour Script and Guides

Box 2 of 4

Life Under the Ancient Seas Activities

Box 2 of 4

Living Coral Reef Fact Sheet, 1980

Box 2 of 4

Blue Whale Information Leaflet

Box 2 of 4

Whale of a Day Festival Guide, December 8, 2001

Box 2 of 4

Masters of the Ocean Realm: Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises Gallery Host Training Materials

Box 2 of 4

Ica Age/Early Mammals Educational Materials, 1980-1998

Box 2 of 4

Fossil Mammals Audio Tour Script, 1985

Box 2 of 4

Ice Age Notes for Highlights Tour, 1998

Box 2 of 4

Hall of Mammals Educational Materials, 2002

Box 2 of 4

Hall of Mammals Teacher's Guide, 2003

Box 2 of 4

Mammals Fest, 2005

Box 2 of 4

Dinosaur Educational Materials, 1993-1998

Box 2 of 4

DinoTrivia and Secrets of the Dinosaur Hall, 1997

Box 2 of 4

National Fossil Day Activities, October 12, 2011

Box 2 of 4

Rock and Mineral Classroom Program Docent Guide, 1990

Box 2 of 4

Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals Audio Tour Script, circa 1997

Box 2 of 4

The Splendor of Diamonds Brochure, 2003

Box 2 of 4

Geology, Gems, and Minerals Self-guided Tour, 2003

Box 2 of 4

Minerals Educational Materials, 2003-2011

Box 2 of 4

Rocks Gallery Talks

Box 2 of 4

Rocks Build Our World Brochure

Box 2 of 4

Minerals Educational Materials

Box 2 of 4

Human Origins Website Printout, 2006

Box 2 of 4

Evolution Trail Signs Guide, 2008

Box 2 of 4

Hall of Human Origins Educational and Docents Training Materials, 2010

Box 2 of 4

Hall of Human Origins Educational Materials

Box 2 of 4

Western Civilization Hall Teacher's Guide, 2004

Box 2 of 4

Ancient Cultures Teacher's Guide, 2004

Box 2 of 4

Ancient Cultures and Myths Play Scripts

Box 2 of 4

Western and Ancient Cultures Guides and Educational Materials

Box 2 of 4

Field Trip Guide to Ancient Cultures for Grades 3-8

Box 2 of 4

Egypt Educational Materials

Box 2 of 4

Ancient Egypt Visual Programs

Box 2 of 4

Egyptian Exhibition Educational Materials

Box 2 of 4

Ancient Egypt Educational Materials

Box 2 of 4

Box 3

Ancient Egypt Panel - Recordings, February 10, 1990 (4 audiocassettes)

Box 3 of 4

Teacher's Workshop on Ancient Syria

Box 3 of 4

Ebla to Damascus Guides

Box 3 of 4

Ancient Syria - Related Recordings (5 audiocassettes)

Box 3 of 4

Cultural Panorama Teacher Guides

Box 3 of 4

Cultural Panorama Tour Educational Materials

Box 3 of 4

South America Hall Tour with Betty Meggers - Recording, September 24, 1975 (audiocassette)

Box 3 of 4

South America and Pre-Columbian Settlers Educational Materials, 1982, 1989

Box 3 of 4

Traditional African Cultures Museum Guide

Box 3 of 4

Seeds of Change and Quincentenary Programs, 1991-1992 (2 folders)

Box 3 of 4

Seeds of Change Educational Materials, 1992-1993

Box 3 of 4

Caribbean Festival Arts Instructional Guide for Grades 4-10, 1989

Box 3 of 4

Caribbean Exhibit Opening - Recording (VHS)

Box 3 of 4

The Precious Legacy: Judaic Treasures from the Czechoslovak State Collections Educational Materials, 1983

Box 3 of 4

Precious Legacy - Related Recordings (3 audiocassettes)

Box 3 of 4

America's Wildest Places: Our National Wildlife Refuge System Field Guide, 2003

Box 3 of 4

America's Wildest Festival - Recording, March 20, 2004 (audiocassette)

Box 3 of 4

Smithsonian Kid's Event - Recording (United States Fish and Wildlife Service), March 20, 2004 (VHS)

Box 3 of 4

America's Wildest Festival - Recording (VHS)

Box 3 of 4

Box 4

Let's Meet at the Smithsonian - Recording, February 4, 1979 (audiocassette)

Box 4 of 4

D. C. Blues Society at NMNH - Recording, February 18, 1995 (2 VHS)

Box 4 of 4

D. C. Blues Society at NMNH - Recording, January 1996 (3 VHS)

Box 4 of 4

Smithsonian Institution Women's Council, 1983-1986

Box 4 of 4

Women's Changing Roles in Museums Conference, March 1986

Box 4 of 4

Gender Perspectives: The Impact of Women on Museums Conference, March 1990

Box 4 of 4

NMNH Public Programs Staff List, February 2004

Box 4 of 4

Margery Gordon Photograph and Resume

Box 4 of 4