By Rebecca Petrie, Retail Manager
Museum stores are notorious, or perhaps celebrated is a better word, for having the most unique, inspired and original gift items for just about everyone. With that being said, it’s that time of year again…. the holidays (and with them gift buying) are just around the corner. On November 25th, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Store will be hosting our second annual Museum Store Sunday, joining 900 museum stores around the globe in this event. We have big plans which include a trunk show featuring Southwest Native American jewelry from Norman Assad’s Universal Jewelers and Trading Co. as well as a free gift with every purchase, and the opportunity to win one of this year’s Seminole Doll ornaments!
Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mr. Assad is locally known to those who admire handcrafted silver, turquoise, shell and other natural stone jewelry. The handy work of many of the artists he represents are from the Navajo, Zuni and Hopi tribes and can be currently be seen in the Museum Store. The trunk show will give visitors the ability to purchase holiday gifts (or gifts for you) at a reduced price. Our Seminole Doll ornaments will also be available, which have become an annual tradition with each year featuring new patchwork patterns. Not only will our patrons be entered into a drawing for one of these lovely ornaments, but we will also give a free gift, while supplies last, with every Museum Store purchase.
The Museum Store also offers a host of unique gifts from Seminole handcrafts- beadwork, carvings, patchwork and baskets, to Seminole-inspired items like our Italian marble coasters, bandolier earrings, patchwork patterned socks and color-changing t-shirts. If you love books, then we have you covered. Our literary section is highlighted by such topics as Seminole history, legends, and the natural world of the Everglades. For the kids (or those who are kids at heart) we offer some great toys.
Come out to the Museum to see our exhibits including “We Are Here! Voices & Hands Making Community Happen” which tells the story of how the departments within the Seminole Tribe of Florida make our Tribal communities happen, “Are We There Yet?” which shows the engagement of Tribal youth with story maps and “Selections From the Collection” featuring the Siegfried R. Second-Jumper collection. You can end your visit in the Museum Store, where you will find fun and informative items that represent our stunning exhibits. We will also have ornaments from the “We Are Here” exhibit including: nurse’s caps to firefighter’s helmets, realtor’s SOLD signs and construction cones. AND of course, we have the ever-popular socks including nurses, police, teachers and firefighters. There are books for the kids telling the story of the day in the life of a police officer and what it is like to attend schools around the world. And don’t forget Mr. Second-Jumper’s book, Searching for Bloodlines.
What better way to end your Thanksgiving weekend than by spending Sunday strolling our boardwalk and finishing up- or starting- your holiday shopping? Come join us for Museum Store Sunday! And remember as always, Museum Members receive a discount on all of their purchases.
Interested or just need more information? Give us a call 9:00AM until 4:45PM daily at 863-902-1113 extension 12224. Unable to attend in person? You can check out our webstore at: https://www.seminole-store.com/