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Can you imagine that the only way to talk to your friend is by letter because the telephone has not been invented? What about telling time not on your wristwatch, but by relying on the position of the sun? Or that there are no computers to type on or emails to send, just a quill and an inkwell?
From technological to medical devices, these artifacts selected by the Grand Rapids Public Museum Middle School students are common everyday artifacts from the GRPM’s Collection that are often overlooked as important inventions. They can inspire us to think about the incredible work done by inventors to solve problems and design devices that have not only made our lives easier - but better!In the ancient world, the lyceum was where the greatest Greek philosophers taught. The concept of the lyceum was revived by American intellectuals in the 19th century who believed that public education was an important part of our democracy. Founded in 1854, the Grand Rapids Public Museum was originally named the Grand Rapids Lyceum of Natural History. In 2015 the Grand Rapids Public Museum School was founded with many community partners. The Museum School has developed its own version of the lyceum - an innovative after-school program that pairs local experts with middle school learners to exercise their minds and bodies by exploring an eclectic range of topics.
Lyceum is a program offered by the Grand Rapids Public Museum School after each school day. It offers an eclectic range of additional courses that students can choose from. One of the regular courses is an exhibition design program led by Museum staff. Th 2017 exhibition, L is for Lyceum - Candy, was conceptualized, designed by the students and displayed in the Museum during the 2017-2018 school year.
The Grand Rapids Public Museum has over 250,000 artifacts in its collections. These artifacts have been donated by community members since 1854. Only 5% of the total collection is on display at the Museum. In an effort to make the collection accessible to the public the Museum has been working to add photos and descriptions of these artifacts into an online database. In the freshman year of Museum School students will contribute to this work by selecting an artifact of which they are interested and researching the object from multiple perspectives and using diverse lenses. They are unearthing the hidden stories that artifacts carry.