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MCE Online . . . New Ways to Engage with CWU’s Museum

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Wed, 05/13/2020
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A view of the MCE Vault, located in Dean Hall.  What’s a museum without an exhibition hall or without objects that connect people to their cultures, identities, and histories? This is a question we have been grappling with at the CWU Museum of Culture & Environment this quarter . . .But then we remembered: We are curators, which means we are caregivers.  Sometimes this means physically taking care of the more than 10,000 objects gifted to or purchased by CWU over the past century. But there are ways of caring. 


We want you to care too, to be a curator in the best sense of that word.  Which is why we’ve been working on new ways for you to care, through viewing an online exhibit, engaging with us on social media (Facebook or Instagram), or incorporating our new online collection portal into your curriculum or research. 


Online Collections

Many of the objects housed in Dean Hall at the MCE were acquired in order to help students learn. Now they are here for a new generation of CWU students and faculty. Not all objects in the collection have made it online, since uploading records is a detailed process.  But take some time to explore what’s currently there (and check back for updates on our progress!) If you have a special request for your class or research (perhaps access to object records that have not yet made it to the online collection), email the MCE’s Collections Manager Lynn Bethke at


Online Exhibit: The Living Room

Have you ever wondered what other people’s living rooms look like? Take a moment to explore nine living rooms from our community, with photographs by Rob Fraser and interviews that shed light on how their living rooms came to be.  


Online Exhibit: Monkeys Do . . . We Do Too? 

At the Valley of the Wild Monkeys at Mt. Huangshan, China, CWU primatologists have observed Tibetan Macaques, whose habitat ranges from eastern Tibet into China. Tourists are also drawn to this Tibetan Macaque community, because many of their behaviors remind them of human behaviors: They form families, compete for power, and engage in acts of affection. Learn about what makes these special beings so similar to—and different from—you, me, and all the other humans you hang out with.


For more information about exhibits or upcoming programming opportunities, please contact the MCE’s Faculty Director, J. Hope Amason, or 






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