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Visit: St Joseph Museums, 3406 Frederick Ave #2913, St Joseph, MO 64506, USA
The American Indian Galleries at St. Joseph Museum introduces visitors to the natural, cultural, and Native American influences that remain important in the current world. A great many items in the Gallery are part of the Harry L. George collection. From 1904 to 1923, George amassed one of the largest collections of Native American items in the world at a time when their way of life was dramatically changing. In doing so, he preserved a huge portion of their material culture. He acquired thousands of objects that the Native Americans used and made for trade and kept detailed records on each item. His meticulous research and huge collection allows the Museum to include Native American items from the ten cultural areas of North America. Featured exhibits include pottery, cradleboards, masks, items from the Lakota Nation, and archaeological pieces. Young visitors can enjoy a hands-on experience in the archaeological dig area.
Duration: 30 minutes
Visit: Knea-Von Black Archive and Museum, 1901 Messanie St, Saint Joseph, MO 64507-2413
The Black Archives Museum also located in the complex.
Here guests learn intriguing facts about the contributions of African Americans to St. Joseph, Missouri, and beyond. A variety of exhibits showcase the achievements of leaders and legends from the Civil War, jazz music, sports and civic and community leaders.
Exhibits explore such topics as slavery in Missouri, Before We Were Soldiers 1840s-1850s, Coloured Soldiers in the Civil War, and the local impact of the Civil Rights era. No visit would be complete without stopping to hear from such musicians as the “Father of the Tenor Sax,” Coleman Hawkins, a St. Joseph native.
A Hall of Fame highlighting the contributions of area African Americans is also featured.
Duration: 30 minutes
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