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SunWatch: Fortifying Education through an American Indian Site
Support educational programs at and through SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park. The requested funds will provide 1) waived fees for all education programs and general admission for five years, 2) a dedicated staff member to develop relevant educational programs and facilitate public programs, and 3) in-depth evaluation and co-creation of culturally relevant educational resources.
Organization Details
Dayton Society of Natural History
2600 DeWeese Parkway
Dayton, Ohio. 45414-5499
Montgomery
SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park
2301 West River Road
Dayton, Ohio. 45417
Montgomery
Non-profit
Organization Contact Details
Tracey Tomme
Tracey Tomme
Tracey Tomme
7196419940
2600 DeWeese Parkway
Dayton, Ohio. 45414
Montgomery
Laura Kochan, Grants Manager, DSNH, 620.664.0909, lkochan@boonshoftmuseum.org

Michael Westendorf, CFO, DSNH, 937.275.7431, mwestendorf@boonshoftmuseum.org
Location Details
Dayton
OH
Ohio 10th
Financial Details
1000000
1800000
SunWatch is supported for operations and facilities by the Dayton Society of Natural History. It currently has some funds raised through admissions of approximately $16,000 per year and Gift Shop sales. The deficit is covered from operational funding and donations at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

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).
Administration or Operations
No
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Yes
Immediately
Department of the Interior
Community Details
SunWatch in Dayton, Ohio is a unique site that offers educational, scholarly, and cultural opportunities. Its history weaves throughout the history of the region from its earliest days as a 13th century village of the Fort Ancient people village to digs by avocational archaeologists; from a salvage project to research excavations to the present immersive, reconstructed village and interpretive center.

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.
No
1 to 10
1 to 10
1 to 10
Addition of one full time educator
$25,001-$50,000
No
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Montgomery
Additional Details
No
Tracey Tomme
17196419940
ttomme@boonshoftmuseum.org
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