About The Museum Program


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  • Long House Examines Cylindrical Seals of Ancient Mesopotamia

    The fifth graders sift through a range of ancient and modern resources to determine the use and function of cylindrical seals in ancient Mesopotamia. A sealed bottle of mouthwash, for example, helps them understand how cylinder seals were likewise used up to 5000 years ago to seal goods from unauthorized access. The stamps on a modern marriage license and college transcript help them understand that seals were similarly used in antiquity to authorize transactions on tablets. Other sort of artifacts and images help students determine that ancient seals were also used as body ornaments and amulets -- all helping to bring the past to life in age-appropriate ways.
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*The use of male pronouns in Helen Parkhurst's writings reflects language usage of her era and does not denote male preference.

Museum Curriculum

The Dalton Museum Program is staffed by an art historian and a cultural anthropologist. This program provides images, artifacts, and expertise to the K-12 community. In addition to developing customized programs in classroom and museum settings, the museum liaisons provide curriculum and professional development. They work together with classroom teachers, specialists, and consultants in order to enhance visual and scientific literacy at Dalton. The program depends on a wide range of resources:
  • formal, long-term relationships with local cultural institutions, especially The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The American Museum of Natural History, and The Pierpont Morgan Library, which provide Dalton with special access to their exhibits and collections;
  • an in-house database of digital images of art and artifacts;
  • an extensive in-House teaching collection for hands-on learning (ethnographic materials, seal impressions, natural resources, and museum replicas).

~ Helen Parkhurst in Education on the Dalton Plan, 1922

When he* comes to the end, the finished achievement takes on all the splendor of success. It embodies all he had thought and felt and lived during the time it has taken to complete. This is real experience. It is culture achieved through individual development and through collective cooperation. It is no longer school---it is life.


  • Museum Program - Highlights
  • Aztec Manuscript Illumination - When Cultures Collide

    A Dalton third grade class practices the skills and artistry of the Aztec artist. The students grind pigments found in Mexico, used in Aztec artifacts. Guided by museum educator Patricia Miranda, the students paint Aztec inspired images on bark paper. This is part of a broader multi-faceted archeological study of the Aztecs and the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

  • AMNH - Solar System

    The students in Ms. Kerry and Ms. Libbet's house had the privalege to work with Dr. Jackie Faherty of the American Museum of Natural History on two occasions. On the first, on their visit to the museum, she gave a Powerpoint presentation in the astrophysics conference room to discuss the Planets before they saw the "Journey to the Stars" show in the Hayden Planetarium. The students were so knowledgable and had so many questions that she was only able to get through her presentation on the planets and was not able to do the virtual fly around the universe that she had done so successfully for the 4,5 and 6 assembly a few weeks back.

    Dr. Faherty later came to Kerry and Libbet's classroom, where she demonstrated the special software designed at AMNH that forms the basis of the Planetarium show. Stephanie Fins, one of the Dalton's museum liaisons, who arrange the visit, commented that one little girl (Ginerva)  turned to her during the Powerpoint and said  " I can't wait to go home and tell my mother all about this!" The students were very engaged.

    Dr. Jackie Faherty's Bio From SUNY Stonybrook

    Dr Jackie Faherty is a post-doctoral researcher in the department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Her major research interests center around low mass stars and brown dwarfs. Her thesis focused on the kinematics of these ultra cool dwarfs (UCDs).  She is interested in what we can learn about the age, potential associations, and physical properties of these objects by studying their space motions. Prior to entering graduate school in 2004 she worked in the education department at AMNH coordinating Astrophysics outreach endeavors  in the NYC area.

    She is also an adjunct at CUNY and mentors both undergraduate and HS students in astrophysics at AMNH.

    We were fortunate that her schedule coincided so beautifully with their study. Sunday Dr. Faherty leaves for telescope time in Hawaii. In September she will be moving to Chile, where many of the best telescopes are located, to continue her research.