Dayton, Ohio. 45414-5499
Dayton, Ohio. 45417
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Other funding for capital projects to increase accessibility of the site include: National Endowment for the Humanities matching grant ($172,000), Kettering Philanthropies ($225,000), Houtz Family Foundation ($75,000), Private Donations ($40,000), and continued administrative and facility support through the Boonshoft Museum ($288,000).
Today, SunWatch stands as a National Historic Landmark and continues to influence the archaeological discipline and curious minds interested in history and culture. The highly immersive experience of the reconstructed American Indian village provides a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about the Fort Ancient culture while also connecting with past peoples in a tangible way and finding a gateway to learning about contemporary American Indian lives, cultures, and stories.
Educational programs from toddlers to adults are inspired by SunWatch and are delivered both at the site as well as on-line. These programs help students of all ages understand the importance of differing cultures, the people of the Miami Valley 800 years ago, taking care of our environment, archaeological techniques, astronomy, games, pottery, and include career fields such as archaeology, engineering, scientist, and naturalist.
Students are able to walk the original 13th century footprint of the village, hear stories told by historians while inside reconstructed houses, while being guided through an exploration of history, culture, and community. The site is truly inspirational and an important one-of-a-kind educational tool and treasure of the Dayton region.