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Special Opportunity for Student Group to Learn More about Malaga Island

The Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives exhibition is now closed, but the gallery program for students grades 6-12 is still available with advanced reservation. The 45 minute program is focused around the archaeological artifacts excavated from the island. The program encourages students to critically examine a variety of primary and secondary sources and to challenge assumptions. To make a reservation please fill out our online reservation form.

Teacher and Student Resources and Classroom Activities

The museum has developed a variety of materials to encourage the in-depth exploration of themes touched on by the exhibit. These themes include ethnicity, diversity, tolerance, environmental history, archaeology, civil rights and social justice.

The lessons and related materials below are for your use.

Marti Stevens Interactive Improvisational Theater

Improv Theater Brings Unique Learning Experience to Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives

During the Malaga Island, Fragmented Lives exhibition, actors from the Marti Stevens Interactive Improvisational Theater presented an educational program that portrayed historical Malaga Island residents and possible situations in their lives.

“The Marti Stevens actors dramatized conversation-starting scenarios and discussions that showed emotions, conflicts, attitudes, and motivations,” says the museum’s chief educator, Joanna Torow. “Students were able to see and hear the real-life situations on Malaga Island in new ways, and that led to discussions about tolerance, civil rights, and social justice.”

Seventeen eighth grade students from Rangeley Lakes Middle School travelled to attend the first performance by the Marti Stevens actors in early 2013. Four of the students even performed with the Marti Stevens actors. “Overall, the students loved the whole experience,” said Kelsey Orestis, eighth grade language arts teacher at the school. “The kids who were able to participate in the skits were really taken by the whole thing.”


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