Duane Friend, with the U of I Extension office, says the statewide expansion program got started through a cross-campus initiative.
Friend says the program provides students with exciting outreach opportunities.
“We will be looking at different cultures and the things created during those times. We hope to teach students about history and culture from the past.”
Friend hopes that schools and libraries take advantage of the program.
“They can take some of these artifacts we have and use them as part of their learning experience. An upcoming workshop will provide learning activities that teachers can use to provide a story on how the artifact came to be and the culture behind that.”
The workshop will take place at the Jacksonville School District 117 office from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
“An Artifact Speaks” works in conjunction with the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois.