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Summer 2002
Carl A. Bimson Humanities Seminar
Colorado State University
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Anthropology  and Laboratory of Human Paleoecology

Learning From the Field –Teaching from the Field:
A Collaborative Experience on the Nebraska High Plains

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Hudson-Meng 2002
Summer 2002
The Hudson-Meng Site
Living and Learning in the field
The CSU Field School

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Post-Seminar Optional Training
Fall 2002 Class site visits

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College of Liberal Arts
Department of Anthroplogy
Colorado State Summer Programs

Contact Information:
Larry Todd
     Program Coordinator:
     970 491-5110 (CSU)
     308 665-3900 (Hudson-Meng)
Courtney Hurst
    Environmental Ed. Coordinator

June 24-29 at the Hudson-Meng Bison Bonebed,
Crawford, Nebraska

Background: Carl A. Bimson attended Colorado A&M in Engineering from 1920 to 1923.  He then worked for Mountain State Telephone and Telegraph Company and, in 1933 moved to Phoenix where he eventually became president of Valley National Bank.  Although he never graduated from Colorado A&M, Colorado State University awarded an honorary degree in 1994 to Carl Bimson, the man recognized as a banking pioneer and industry leader.  A bequest from his estate provides primary funding for the humanities seminars.

The seminars: Mr. Bimson envisioned seminars that would permit primary and secondary school teachers to engage in advanced studies in the humanities with university faculty.  A variety of seminars have already been offered, including: “Educating Democracy,” “Themes in Twentieth-Century American Cultural History,” “Canada, Africa, and the Caribbean: Approaches to Francophone Literature and Culture in the Colorado K-12 Curriculum,” “Learning and Teaching Ethnicity in Colorado,” “The Three Gorges Dam Project,” and “India: Diversity of Cultural Identities.”  As the topics of these seminars suggest, we have broadly defined “humanities” to reflect the perspectives of the arts, humanities, and social sciences in the liberal arts tradition. 

Summer 2002: The primary goal of this project will be to provide an opportunity for 15 GK-12 teachers to learn about the multidisciplinary aspects of contemporary archeological research by participating in an on-going archaeological research project in northwestern Nebraska. This project is a cooperative program between Colorado State University and the Nebraska National Forest.    Archaeology can provide real-world examples to students of how topics they study in school ranging from geometry to genetics; social studies to satellite imagery, or cultural diversity to contemporary ecological issues can be seen as multiple facets of how researchers "learn how to learn." An emphasis will be placed on helping GK-12 teachers aid their students to become adept at asking two fundamental questions:

  • How do you know that?

  • How can we learn what nobody else knows?

The second objective of this Bimson Seminar for the research team and interpretive staff at a major public education facility to learn from GK-12 teachers. In collaboration, a series of learning exercises appropriate for a variety of age groups (while focusing on GK-12, we’ll also spend some time talking about how to work with all ages of the interested public) to use archaeology as a tool for learning about a wide variety of topics. Three types of product are expected by the end of the seminar.

  • A series of collaboratively developed learning exercises that could be incorporated into the classroom curriculum.

  • An additional layer to the field research training provided for Colorado State University students enrolled in our summer Field Class in Archaeology.

  • A series of collaboratively developed learning modules that could be used to better accommodate the needs of GK-12 group tours of the Hudson-Meng and Kaplan-Hoover archaeological research and learning facilities.

For those Bimson Participants interested in receiving Colorado State University credit, there are several options available as part of Summer Programs. Contact Dr. Todd ( for details.

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Hudson-Meng Bison Bonebed
Over 11,000 years ago, a herd of bison came to an untimely death on this spot.  Multidisciplinary research seeks clues to solve this ancient murder mystery.

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Program Coordinator
Dr. Larry Todd has spent the last 29 summers doing archaeological fieldwork.  2002 will be his 11th season at Hudson-Meng.

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Training Students
In addition to the Archaeological field class for college students, in 2001 we began a program of working to develop closer interactions with younger students.

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