Current and Upcoming Exhibits
Archeology on Ice
Opening August 20 - November 3, 2018
Courtesy of the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico.
Archaeology on Ice tells the story of the climate change in the Arctic through a unique collaboration between scientists, the Ahtna Heritage Foundation and tribal members. Ancient ice is melting throughout the world, and in the Arctic, annual average temperature has increased at almost twice the rate as that of the rest of the earth. Artifacts that have been frozen in ice for thousands of years are emerging. A team of archeologists and researchers investigated ice patches in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.
The exceptional preservation of the organic tools (wood, antler, bone, and leather) found at ice patches has enabled people to make direct links between today and the past. Many local people participated in the research to locate and preserve these rare artifacts. They have shared their knowledge about their customary and traditional use of the land and its resources. Artifacts on display include arrows, spear points, and objects from the Pick Museum’s Arctic collection.
For the Love of Humans: A History of Dogs
Opening November 9, 2018
For the Love of Humans: A History of Dogs will take you on a journey through the timeless relationship between dogs and humans.
Explore the early domestication of dogs, drawing on the latest archaeological discoveries. Travel back in time to witness the first evidence of dog burials in Bronze Age Thailand and uncover the first dog burial in the Americas at the Koster Site in Illinois. Discover how NIU became the Huskies and learn about the history of NIU’s mascots by viewing photographs, memorabilia, costumes and different depictions of Huskies across campus.
Experience the diverse ways dogs enrich our lives. From their work in law enforcement and rescue to therapy and companionship, "Our Best Friends" examines how the unique bond between humans and dogs has deepened over time.
Learn to become an activist for dogs by volunteering and donating to local shelters, signing animal rights petitions and much more. The exhibit presents best practices for adoption, how to identify suspected dog fighting rings and how to respectfully interact with service dogs.