Upcoming Events


▼   Monthly Lecture Series

All archaeology talks are FREE and open to the public! Talks are geared toward adult general audiences. Like us on Facebook for the most up-to-date information regarding upcoming programs. 

September 2019

Women of the Sea: Free Public Talk by Dr. Amy Mitchell-Cook, Thursday, September 26, 2019 6:00pm

According to traditional scholarship, women rarely went to sea. Romantic views of wives, waiting anxiously for returning husbands, and issues of proper middle-class behavior distorted historians’ depictions of women’s place in the maritime world. From such representations, women’s greatest contributions in relation to maritime activities were support on land and the ability to maintain hearth and home. Recent scholarship, however, has shown that women did go to sea. Some went as wives or daughters, and maintained the traditional family setting, while others disguised themselves as men and sailed in both merchant and naval vessels. A few women even became pirates. This presentation explores why these women chose a life at sea and how they functioned in a mostly male environment.

Maritime historian Dr. Amy Mitchell-Cook is a professor and chair of history at the University of West Florida. From the moment Cook volunteered on a maritime project in Yorktown, Virginia, she was hooked on shipwrecks. She later spent 10 years as a maritime archaeologist before shifting her focus to maritime history. She has written numerous chapters, articles and book reviews on the subject. Her book, “Sea of Misadventures: Shipwreck and Survival in Early America,” is based on more than 100 accounts of shipwreck narratives from 1640 to 1840, and explores the issues of gender, race, religion and power, and how it reflected on Americans in Anglo-American society.

October 2019

The 1865 Mobile Campaign: Free Public Talk by Mr. Paul Brueske, Thursday, October 24, 2019 6:00pm

Please join us for a free public talk by local author and historian Paul Brueske. He will discuss his book, The Last Siege: The Mobile Campaign, Alabama 1865. This book is the result of many years of research and explores the often overlooked last siege of the war, the Mobile Campaign, which was crucial to securing a complete victory and the final surrender of the last Confederate force east of the Mississippi River. 

November 2019

The Tribal Historic Preservation Office & Archaeology: Free Public Talk by Mr. Larry Haikey, Tuesday, November 12, 2019 6:00pm

Please join us at the USA Archaeology Museum on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 6:00pm for a free public talk by Larry Haikey, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. He will discuss the role of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office, how it operates, and its functions in assisting federal agencies in meeting their various preservation and Indian consultation regulations. He will also speak to how American Indian tribes and archaeologists can benefit each other by building good cooperative relationships. 

January 2020

Bioarchaeology in Mesoamerica from Prehistoric, Contact, and Colonial Contexts: Free Public Talk by Dr. Katherine Miller Wolf, January 24, 2020 6:00pm

Please join us for a free public talk by Dr. Katherine Miller Wolf, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of West Florida, on Friday, January 24th at 6pm.

"Bioarchaeology in Mesoamerica from Prehistoric, Contact, and Colonial Contexts" will explore how we can better understand the past through a careful analysis of human skeletal remains from archaeological sites to answer cultural questions about the past. Specialists in this field are known as bioarchaeologists and Dr. Miller Wolf will share her recent research at several sites in Belize, Honduras, and Guatemala from various time periods from 400-1912 AD.

▼   Family Programs and Other Special Events

September 2019

Opening Reception: I Want the Wide American Earth: Tuesday, September 10, 2019 4-6pm

Join us for the opening reception for the Fall 2019 USA Common Read/Common World exhibit "I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story." The event is free and open to the public.

"I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story" was created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibition is supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Teacher resources courtesy of Teaching Tolerance.

Saturday Explorers Series: Archaeology Around the Country! 

Grab your passport in time and join us as we explore a different area of archaeology every month! If you attend every event in the series, you will receive a prize. Check out the lineup below! 

Archaeology of the Northeast: Saturday, September 21, 2019, 11:00am-2:00pm

Join us for kid-friendly crafts, stories, or activities as we explore the archaeology of the Northeastern United States! Admission to the event and Museum is free. 

Archaeology of the Southeast (INTERNATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY DAY): Saturday, October 19, 2019 12:00pm-4:00pm

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of archaeology activities for all ages! Help us celebrate International Archaeology Day and participate in various craft activities, try your hand at native games and spear throwing, learn about forensic archaeology, tour the museum and native plant garden, and see flintknapping demonstrations! You can also bring in any artifacts you have to be identified by our volunteers in our archaeology lab (no appraisals will be given). This event is co-sponsored by the Anthropology Club at South Alabama. This event is FREE and open to the public!

Archaeology of the Plains: Saturday, November 16, 2019 11:00am-2:00pm

Join us for the third event in our Saturday Family Archaeology Explorers series on Saturday, November 16 from 11am-2pm! Children and their families can participate in hands-on crafts and activities inspired by Plains archaeology. Don't forget to bring your passport with you to the event so you can get your stamp! Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.

December 2019

Holiday Shop & Sip: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 4:00pm-6:00pm

Shop small, shop local and help support education programs at our "Shop & Sip" event on Wednesday, December 11 from 4-6pm! Meet and mingle with friends, take a self-guided tour of the museum, get a little bit of your holiday shopping done, and enjoy a few treats!

From books and ornaments to jewelry and festive knick-knacks, our museum gift shop is sure to have something for that special person on your list! Even better: USA faculty, staff, and students receive a special museum store discount!

Archaeology Craft & Storytime: Friday, December 13, 2019 10:00am-11:00am

*Advance registration required* Children ages 5-8 and their parents or guardians are invited to join us at the Archaeology Museum on Friday, December 13 from 10am-11am for a read-aloud of the book "How Chipmunk Got His Stripes" by Joseph Bruchac and James Bruchac. Following our story, children can make their chipmunk puppets. Admission to the event is FREE!

Space is limited and advance reservations are required. Please email Candice at ccravins@southalabama.edu to secure your spot. Parents or guardians must remain with children at all times throughout the duration of the program.

January 2020

Saturday Explorers Series: Archaeology of the Southwest, Saturday, January 18, 2020 11:00am-2:00pm

Please join us as we continue to explore archaeology around the country on Saturday, January 18th from 11am-2pm! Children and their families can make crafts inspired by archaeological materials from the southwestern United States, including split twig figurines, clay Fremont figurines, and cordage bracelets. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.

If you picked up a passport at the start of the series, don't forget to bring it with you to the event so that you can get your stamp!