>EVENT: Smithsonian Cultural Heritage Consultant and ANT Alum Visits 29 March 2018


Thursday 29 March 2018 – Marshall University, Huntington Campus

Emily Cain, MA, Cultural Heritage Consultant

Department of Anthropology

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Washington, DC

Emily Cain graduated from Marshall University with a B.A. in Anthropology in 2013. Cain earned an M.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University in 2015. She has worked with museums of a wide range of sizes and missions. Currently, Cain manages cultural projects, engages with anthropological collections, and promotes public access to objects and information for the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Workshop:  Engaging with Collections: An Introduction to Research Methodology

Where: MU Archaeological and Ethnological Lab, Basement of Old Main

Time: 11 am – 12:45 pm [Workshop will be 75 minutes and include 30 minutes of flex time for participants to come and go after 12:15 pm]

PRE-REGISTRATION: Contact Dr. Nick Freidin to reserve (and commit) to one of a limited number of spots in the workshop.

Deadline is Monday 26 March

This workshop covers a general introduction to engaging with ethnological collections as primary resources in anthropological research. Making use of the Marshall University Ethnological Collection, it encompasses a mini research experience, designed to pique student interest in collections research and introduce them to basic skills and concepts. The workshop will combine seminar learning with hands-on skill development, alternating between individual study and group discussion of findings and their implications. ALL students are welcome (pre-registration requested). See full workshop details in PDF.

Public Presentation and Discussion: Collections and Communities: Facilitating Connections through Material Culture

Where: Drinko Library 402

Time: 5:00-6:30 PM

Museum collections tend to conjure up a passive, silent image. Typically, from a public perspective, they sit quietly either in a display case or tucked away in storage. However, when museum professionals and researchers think creatively about access and knowledge-making, collections objects reveal themselves to be dynamic, living pieces of their cultural environments. This presentation and discussion will center on the potential of collections to foster dialogue and lasting relationships between museums and their communities, both local and global.


ALUMNI > Ennis Barbery Smith (ANT) – Heritage Preservation & Tourism

Ennis Barbery Smith (BA Anthropology, 2011 from Marshall U) is working as an administrator with Maryland Heritage Areas Program to promote economic development through heritage tourism.  Smith helps museums, parks, and other cultural institutions in Maryland get funding for their heritage tourism projects. As an applied cultural anthropologist, she has longstanding interests in heritage tourism, indigenous cultural landscapes, museums, and program evaluation. Previously, she has served as Assistant Director of the Greenbelt Museum (Maryland) between August 2016 and July 2017.  She also served as Executive Director at the Museum of Chincoteague Island (Virginia) for the two years prior.  Learn more or catch up with Smith via her LinkedIn page.

ALUMNI > Tyler Ball (ANT) – Nautical Archaeology

Tyler Ball (BA Anthropology, 2013 from Marshall U) is completing a Master’s degree in Maritime Studies/Nautical Archaeology at East Carolina University and is now at the end of of 10-week internship with the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).  Ball is proud to have accomplished what he set out to do by completing 9 shipwreck nominations for the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The majority of the shipwreck nominations sank in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II.  He asserts that each nomination is more than a shipwreck site, but also a story of our past deserving to be told, remembered, and preserved for future generations to experience. Producing nominations for the NRHP is important, because if nobody is willing to tell the story, it could be lost forever.  You can learn more through Ball’s blog post at the BOEM.  Learn about or catch up with him on his LinkedIn page.