Interact with History at the Museum of Regional History
Texarkana, TX – Join the Texarkana Museums System on August 5, 2017 for a special interactive exhibit exploring the relationship between the advancement of technology and human history. “History and Technology” will allow visitors to experience history first hand by providing activities that compare and contrast the ancient methods with technological improvements. Topics include the evolution of food processing, written language, and photography through the ages. The program begins at 1p.m. Saturday, August 5 at the Museum of Regional History, 219 State Line Avenue in the heart of Texarkana’s Arts and Historic District. Admission is $5 per person for non-members. TMS members are free.
Some aspects of ancient life, such as producing food and remembering our history, are activities that are vital to humanity. Everyone needs food and all cultures have the urge to pass their history on to future generations. The methods by which these things are accomplished have evolved over the centuries thanks to advancements in humanity’s understanding of science and development of technology and tools. “History and Technology” explores some key developments in certain areas, such as food processing.
“Grinding corn in ancient times was very labor intensive, but produced something that was easier to transport, store, and cook,” says Jamie Simmons, TMS Curator. “Grinding stones were early food processors and the development of that tool had a profound impact on society.”
Each topic will showcase several artifacts from TMS Collections, such as an antique corn sheller, to illustrate the progression from ancient technology to modern technology. Topics will also include the development of written language; development of mathematics using computing devices; and photography as a way to share the world in a time of limited travel. Visitors will receive recipes for kitchen science projects as well as have opportunities to make an abacus or experiment with ancient writing techniques. For more information, please call 903-793-4831.
The Museum of Regional History, founded in 1971, is the oldest museum in Texarkana. Located in the oldest surviving building in Texarkana, MoRH offers public programs on the first Saturday of every month in addition to permanent and traveling exhibits exploring the vast and unique history of the ArkLaTex. For more information about upcoming events, please visit us on Facebook or refer to our calendar at http://www.texarkanamuseums.org.