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Thursday, June 4 Entertainment

Washington’s Institute for American Indian Studies offers virtual programs

WASHINGTON — Institute for Native American Studies is bringing its museum to the public with a virtual format during the coronavirus crisis.

“Although we're not able to welcome you on-site, our staff is doing everything we can to stay connected to you and to our community,” members said in a statement. “While we're closed, we're using technology to keep us together. We will be providing stories and learning experiences for you until we can be together again.”

Visitors can stay connected with the IAIS on Facebook, Instagram, and through updates at www.iais.org; or email info@iais.org.

Visitors are invited at 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to www.facebook.com/IAISMuseum in March for a new video series, “Inside with IAIS.” The next program at 2 p.m. March 25 includes a lesson in archaeology with the research staff.

At 2 p.m. March 27, Darlene Kascak, Native American Storyteller will share “how the animals as we know and love today came to be.” Then on March 30, children are invited to explore the world of nature journaling, learn to set up a journal and record their outdoor discoveries. Two video programs have already been held, and can be found www.facebook.com/IAISMuseum

At the end of March, guests can answer a series of questions on the Facebook page related to the video sessions. Those who answer all the questions correctly can be entered into a contest for a prize.

Members are always welcome to join; go to www.iaismuseum.org/support/membershipbenefits/ As an IAIS Member, benefits include unlimited free admission to the museum, reduced or free admission for special events, discounted workshop and summer camp fees, discounts in the IAIS Museum Shop, quarterly calendar of IAIS activities and workshops, invitations to exhibit openings and special events, and a choice of one of four books as a welcoming gift.

Located on 15 acres of woodland acres the Institute For American Indian Studies preserves and educates through archeology, research, exhibitions, and programs. They have the 16th c. Algonquian Village, Award-Winning Wigwam Escape, and a museum with temporary and permanent displays of authentic artifacts from prehistory to the present that allows visitors to foster a new understanding of the world and the history and culture of Native Americans. The Institute for American Indian Studies is located on 38 Curtis Road, Washington.

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