by GSA Margaret Minnon, Comfort Inn Concord Class of 2011
To learn the history/culture of Native Americans Indians enticed sixteen NHGSAs to tour the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Warner, NH, on September 6 … a warm, sultry day.
Graciously received by our guides Larry Checchi, Museum Educator and Denise Hoffman, Museum Program Director, we were greeted with muffins and coffee. We began in the private Contemporary Art Gallery, featuring native American artists Faith C. Bullock and her son, Jacob Gina. No picture taking allowed. A short film showed the beginnings of the museum.
In 1929 Chief Silverstar visit a second grade classroom; this and upon finding an arrowhead, committed student, Charles Bud Thompson, to a life long love of the American Indian. In 1991 Charles ‘Bud’ Thompson and wife Nancy co-founded the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum. Nancy is credited for the museum’s Circle of Life layout…No beginning, no end.
Upon entering the museum’s circle of Life (no flash picture taking allowed to preserve artifacts) we were introduced to displays of Indian history/culture of The Northeast Region, Southeast Region, Southwest Region, California & Great Basin Region, Great Plains Region and the Pacific Northwest and Alaska region.
CALIFORNIA & GREAT BASIN REGION
PACIFIC NORTHWEST & ALASKA
MEDICINE WOODS TRAIL
The trail showed how “Native Americans revered and utilized nature as the source of all natural materials needed to sustain and enhance life…natives historically used plants for food, medicine, dye, shelter and tools.” More than 100 species of plants along the wooded trail.
Has 40+ varieties of trees, shrubs and flowers. All named and numbered to correspond to accompanied pamphlet.
MT. KEARSARGE INDIAN MUSEUM
18 Highlawn Road, Warner, NH.
May 1 to October 31 and weekends during November. Hours: 10-5 Monday – Saturday and 12-5 Sundays
Members free, Adults $9, Seniors/Students $8, Children 6-12 $7, Under 6 free. Native American free, Active Military free, 10% off with AAA or AARP membership.
POW WOW – 2nd week in July
HARVEST MOON & NATURE-FEST – October 25
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON OTHER EVENTS OR MUSEUM:
TELEPHONE 603-456-2600 Ext 226
The museum hosts School Groups, Scouting Groups, Bus Tours, Senior and Special Interest Groups.
“The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Educational and Cultural Center is dedicated to connect people of today with 20,000 years of ongoing native American cultural expressions…embraces cultural diversity and encourages responsible environmental action based on respect for nature…” We, the 16 New Hampshire Granite State Ambassadors attendees wish to thank our Hosts and Guides for a most pleasurable, informative and enjoyable day at the Museum and Grounds.
View all the photos from our trip at https://photos.app.goo.gl/v5kdgvtr84HmHsUL8