“…the Discover Archaeology program is coming to an end. Most unfortunate, given the program’s success and the demand for it. A one-person show reaching about 2200 students a year ain’t bad.
Anyhoo, we’ve been given until June 2009 to find a program sponsor. No sponsor, no program. So sad.
I’m wondering if this is what happens to most arky outreach programs. Thunderous entry, great success, and out with a whimper as the rug gets pulled.
If you know of anyone looking to support a great program ($95,000 should support the program with a coordinator and an assistant), let me know.
Susan de Caen
Coordinator, Public Programming
Department of Archaeology
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
I am writing to ask for all of us, to write a letter to advocate support by the for this program.Here is an opportunity for us as the CAA committee and also as public archaeologists in to put our time and efforts where our convictions and interests are. We have the occasion, here, to offer our support for a program in in the same way we hope for public support of our work.By providing the program with support, on letterhead from our institutions and agencies, the may become aware of the impact of this program across . It certainly won’t with no response from us.The http://www.arky.ucalgary.ca by following the links to Education Programs (I apologize for not being able to give you a direct link from my clunky dial-up connection.) program responds to a need from teachers in Alberta where “archaeology” per se is a required element of the grade 4 curriculum. The program has served thousands of Alberta students and their teachers annually. It is operated single-handedly by Sue de Caen as on-site programming and also as outreach from the interpretive centre at Fish Creek Provincial Park. In a province with rapid development, this program also serves to bring awareness of Alberta’s heritage to young Albertans and to work towards protecting this heritage. This is a goal across with respect to our archaeological heritage and the program has been a leader in this area for some time. Its loss would be felt not just in Alberta, but across . You can look at the program atLetters should be addressed to the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the address provided below BUT the letters should be physically SENT TO SUE de CAEN at the address also provided below. It is my suggestion that if letters are left unsealed, Sue could copy them for her files before forwarding them.Thank you for your consideration of this matter. I know Sue can count on our support ( and use of CAA letterhead, Margaret).Address Letters to: Send letters to:Dr. Kevin McQuillan Susan de CaenDean, Faculty of Social Sciences Coordinator, Public ProgrammingUniversity of Calgary Department of Archaeology2500 University Drive N.W.2500 University Drive N.W.T2N 1N4T2N 1N4