About Me

My name is Megan M. McCullen, and I am about to begin my time as the Director of the Gordon L. Grosscup Museum of Anthropology and the Planetarium at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI .  I’m a transplant from the east coast into the Great Lakes, having moved out here for college years ago.  My anthropological research focuses on Native American communities of the Great Lakes during the seventeenth century.  I use historical documents and archaeological data to try and understand how migration/relocation affected these communities.

I have extensive experience in, and passion for, educational outreach beyond the classroom. This began in college when I volunteered in the hand-on Discovery Room at our Natural History Museum. Since then I have engaged in many kinds of outreach including blogging, creating object-based learning activities, place-based learning activities, and hands-on experimentation.

I’ve also worked on several archaeological digs as a field tech and as a teaching assistant, in addition to my current research projects.  I have strong interests and experience in museum studies, Native American studies, and community outreach and programming.

Standard protocol: This blog is my personal opinion on things, and doesn’t reflect any of the institutions I’m affiliated with. Thanks for dropping by!

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4 Responses to About Me

  1. I was wondering in your studies, do you have any history on the Native American’s in the Saugatuck, MI area? I am working to save the Presbyterian Camps in Saugatuck, MI and many stories are shared about the Native Americans who would come to the Saugatuck area – set up camp and trade their goods. There are stories about the sacrificing of the white dog that took place on what is now the main part of the camps. It would be great to put facts to stories. If we can gather quality information about the Native American’s using the land that is the camps now – it adds significant historical value in the community. Many thanks for your consideration.

    • Megan M. says:

      Hi Jennifer – I haven’t focused in particular on Saugatuck, but that doesn’t mean others haven’t. Let me think on this and poke around a bit and I’ll shoot you an e-mail. A great resource would be the Clarke Historical Library at CMU, their librarians are great guides to getting started on Michigan research, and they have a lot of materials both online and at the library. They have a website just about Native American history: http://clarke.cmich.edu/resource_tab/native_americans_in_michigan/native_americans_in_michigan_index.html . I think the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections would be a good place to start.

      Another thing you can do is contact the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA) to see if there are any known archaeological sites on your land – those could also be noteworthy for preservation if you happen to have some. You can call the OSA at (517) 373-6358 to find out how to get that information – they probably will need some spatial coordinates of your land.

      Last idea – you can contact some of the tribes that are somewhat near your area – odds are they have done historical research as part of treaty rights work. https://www.lrboi-nsn.gov/thp/ and http://www.mbpi.org/Administration/languageculture.asp

  2. Hey Megan: Thank you so much on your detailed account about using Twitter in the classroom. I am journalism professor at Central Michigan University and had my beginning students open and account and was hoping they would do what you said, “poke around” more. I like the idea of discussing our ideas as educators because we can see how to incorporate things that worked and realize that others are having similar experiences. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you and tell you that your blog was very helpful.
    Thanks,
    Teresa Hernandez

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