Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki staff attend opening reception for Museum of Florida History’s Seminole exhibit

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Museum of Florida History
located in the R. A. Gray Building
Tallahassee, Florida

A couple of Thursdays ago, May 16, I had the privilege of attending the opening reception of the new exhibit, Seminole People of Florida:  Survival to Success, at the Museum of Florida History (MoFH) in Tallahassee.

Just before the reception, I joined up with Paul Backhouse, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Director and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, and Annette Snapp, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Operations Manager, for the short walk from the hotel over to the MoFH.

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“Hey, wait fo me!”

Once there, and after the initial hellos, the staff of the MoFH gave us a fantastic tour of the exhibit.  The exhibit documents the history of the Seminoles, and highlights the past and continuing accomplishments of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

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MoFH sign located at the start of the exhibit
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Just one of many cases and displays of Seminole artwork and artifacts from the holdings of the MoFH

The exhibit is comprised of artwork and artifacts from the MoFH’s extensive Seminole related holdings, and from thirteen items loaned from the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum to the MoFH.  Nine of these loaned items are paintings by Seminole artist Noah Billie.  These paintings are accompanied by a video on which Noah Billie discusses his paintings and artwork.

The other loaned items include a beautiful bandolier bag, historic and contemporary dolls, and printed copies of the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s 1957 Constitution and corporate charter.

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Seminole artist Noah Billie paintings loaned from the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum to the MoFH
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Bandolier bag loaned from the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum to the MoFH

After our tour, the reception continued with music and food in the lobby.  The Kenney Hill Band provided the music, both music and food were excellent.

Next, everyone gathered in an adjoining room to hear Seminole Tribal member, historian, and Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Community Outreach Specialist Willie Johns speak about the Seminole Tribe of Florida.  Extra chairs were brought in for the overflow audience.  Willie Johns’ talk was followed by an enthusiastic and extended question and answer period, that ended only when MoFH staff gently reminded the audience of the late hour.

Thank you Museum of Florida History for a very enjoyable reception and evening!

Seminole People of Florida:  Survival to Success will be on display until August 18, 2013.  If you find yourself in the Tallahassee area, be sure to visit this excellent exhibit.

For more information, visit the MoFH’s website at, www.museumoffloridahistory.com/exhibits/current.cfm  Here, you will find information on the exhibit and upcoming scheduled talks related to the exhibit.

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