St. Joseph Museums to present hands-on ‘Forensic Night’ program

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An upcoming program at the St. Joseph Museums will give participants the opportunity to see what law enforcement, doctors, and anthropologists learn by examining human skeletons.

Kathy Reno with the Museums said, at Forensic Night, Ashley Mason Burns-Meerschaert, Director of Education at the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will present a hands-on program.

“You’re going to learn to read the features of a human skull, you’re going to look at what was their age, sex, was there physical trauma, were they ill,” Reno said. “(Burns-Meerschaert) will divide you up into teams… and you’re going to determine what happened to this person. Was it an accident? Was it trauma? Was it murder? Each case is unique, it’s an investigation of a different human skull.”

Forensic Night takes place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 31st at the Museum, 3406 Frederick Avenue. Space is limited.

Staff from the Museum of Osteology will also be presenting programs for students on June 1st. The Tale of the Tooth Workshop for students Kindergarten through 3rd grade takes place from 10 to 11 a.m., the Amazing Animal Adaptations Workshop for students 3rd through 6th grade takes place from 1 to 2 p.m., and Animal CSI/Animal Pathology for students 6th through 12th grades takes place from 3 to 4 p.m.

For more information on any of the programs, or to register, click here.