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EVANSTON, ILLINOIS On Saturday, October 26, The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian will host Elizabeth Seabury Mitchell Free Community Day. The event includes free museum admission and many activities throughout the day. At 1:00 pm, the museum will pay special tribute to co-founder Mrs. Mitchell, who passed away in September of this year.
Visitors can view the museum’s newest exhibit, “Cultural Identities: Mixed Blood”, which takes a look at the ways in which Native American people identify themselves and are identified by others. Other exhibits include “Another View of American Indian Fine Art,” “Did You Know They’re Native III,” and “New Treasures of Our Collection.” The permanent exhibits include artifacts from Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Northwest and Arctic area tribes.
Special activities during Community Day include kid’s crafts (11:00 am - 12 noon), live music (1pm -2pm), and story time at the teaching lodge (2:00 pm - 2:30 pm). Food and light refreshments will be served (12 noon -1:00 pm). The museum will pay special tribute to co-founder Mrs. Mitchell, who passed away in September of this year, at 1:00 pm. Saturday museum hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Elizabeth Seabury Mitchell, co-founder of the award-winning Mitchell Museum of The American Indian, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 22 at the age of 99. Mrs. Mitchell, along with her husband John, dedicated much of their lives to collecting and sharing American Indian art and culture. The museum was founded in 1977 through the generous donation of their personal collection, and continues educating generations of local and international visitors through programs, exhibits and events today.
“Betty was so passionate about learning about Native peoples through their art, and of spreading the mission of the museum to promote and share a deeper understanding of Native Americans,”
said Kathleen McDonald, Executive Director of the Mitchell Museum.
“Both she and John wanted to share their passion with as many people as possible, which is why we are excited to honor her legacy during our free Community Day event.”
The museum’s Community Day coincides with Evanston’s Central Street Business Association Fall Community Day. Visitors can shop all day at participating Central Street businesses who will donate 10 - 20 percent of their purchase amount back to the museum.
The Mitchell Museum is one of only a handful of museums in the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history and culture of American Indian and First Nation peoples throughout the United States and Canada. In 2012, The Mitchell Museum was named “Best Museum of The North Shore: Up and Comer” by Make it Better magazine, won the Superior award by the Illinois Association of Museums and was named a national finalist by the American Association of State and Local History award program.
Admission is always free for Mitchell Museum members and tribal members.
posted October 16, 2013 9:30 am edt