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Mississippi University for Women

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Children's Guide to Columbus

Students at Mississippi University for Women worked with the Columbus-Lowndes Convention and Visitors Bureau to develop ways to share the cultural heritage of Columbus with residents and tourists from a child’s perspective. The city of Columbus has done an excellent job developing tourism for the city but wants to develop a children’s museum to create opportunities for family-friendly tourism.

Pre-service teacher candidates in the ATP course at MUW researched the cultural heritage of Columbus, including architecture, music, food, celebrations, and history.  The students then develop lesson plans based on the research, which they presented to K5 students in partner schools.  This project allowed MUW students and local school children to be a part of researching and learning about the cultural heritage of Columbus and to be involved in developing potential exhibits for the children’s museum.


2016 ATP Proposal

MUW's Live Presentation in Washington, DC

2016 Final Report


Dr. Monica Riley
Professor of Education
Mississippi University for Women
1100 College Street W-1637
Columbus, MS 39701
Telephone:  (662) 329-7176




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