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"Passports: A Cultural Discovery Day" at BYU museum July 13

While suitcases won’t be necessary, "passports" will be provided at the Brigham Young University Museum of Peoples and Cultures family event on Monday, July 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. The museum is located at 700 N. 100 E. in Provo. The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

“Passports: A Cultural Discovery Day” is an activity designed for the entire family to enjoy as they explore various cultures from around the world without having to leave the neighborhood, said Erika Riggs, museum promotion manager. Booths focused on various cultural regions will include a brief educational background about a specific culture and a hands-on activity.

The event is a repeat of a similar successful activity the museum hosted in June.

"Each family member will be given a passport booklet that they can have stamped at each booth after completing the activity," said Riggs. "The event is run by BYU students who will act as educators and travel guides, leading the cultural presentations and stamping each child’s passport."

The museum's teaching kits, used at each booth, contain artifacts that children will be able see and handle. Highlighted cultures include those of the American Southwest, Africa, Mesoamerica and Polynesia. The museum’s newest exhibition, "New Lives: Building Community at Fourmile Ruin," will also be featured. This exhibit explores the changes at Fourmile Ruin, an archaeological site in East-Central Arizona, which allowed people from differing backgrounds to integrate into a single and successful community.

“This is a great summer event for families, especially those with younger children,” said Riggs. “They can learn about other people, see and feel artifacts, get fun stamps in their passports and best of all, they get to do it together as a family.”

The event is an open house, allowing families to come and go depending on their personal schedules. For more information visit mpc.byu.edu or call (801) 422-0020.

Writer: Erika Riggs

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