Museum Happenings From Membership

Dear Friends,

Here it is the middle of August, school is starting and the Museum is busy.  This summer we have welcomed guests from 46 states, 29 countries and 71 Florida cities.  We enjoy the time our guests spend with us; we offer FREE guided tours of the Museum at 2:15 pm most weekday afternoons, so make plans to join us when you are in the area.

The exhibits team is preparing to install our newest exhibit: From Surviving to Thriving, an Everglades Economy, opening on October 30, 2010.  We are offering a Behind the Scenes Tour in conjunction with the October 30 exhibit opening (reservations are required.)  In February 2011, Tools of War opens.  Join us as we explore the changing technology of weaponry and how these advancements shaped the Seminole Wars.  Museum members will be receiving their exhibit opening invitations soon.

As you may be aware, we have a geocache site on our Museum grounds.  We see that many Girl and Boy Scout troops, as well as small groups of friends take time to explore the Everglades using the GPS function on their smart phones.

We are now part of the Everglades Trail, the 21st site for the 21st century.  We will be officially launching our participation in the Everglades Trail with a media event during the opening day of our 13th Annual American Indian Arts Celebration (AIAC) on Friday November 5. We will share more information as it becomes available.  Follow the Everglades Trail to explore the natural wonders of this international treasure.  From Florida Bay north to the headwaters in Central Florida, you will find sites that provide accessible opportunities for you to enjoy the beautiful public lands of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem.  This subtropical region is a remarkable ecosystem with unique plants and wildlife – more than 4 million acres of public lands vital not only for nature but for the water supply for South Florida.

We are planning for our 13th American Indian Arts Celebration; November 5-7, 2010 on our Museum grounds on the Big Cypress Reservation.  This year featuring performances by Martha Redbone, Hank Nelson Jr. and Seminole Star Search winners.  There will be live Alligator wrestling and Critter Shows daily and Native American Artists offering their excellent work for those who love beautiful arts and crafts.  You can see a photo gallery of the AIAC event here.

Van Samuels singing the National Anthem at AIAC 2008

We have many great Museum Membership benefits, including FREE admission to the Museum, and the great events we host as well as some terrific reciprocal programs.  You can find membership information at Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum membership.  You can also email me at marybirch-hanson@semtribe.com.

Hope to see you at the Museum soon.

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