Museum of Indian Culture

Museum of Indian Culture The Museum of Indian Culture's mission is to preserve and educate the public about the Northeastern Woodland Indians as well as other American Indian Cultures.
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The Museum of Indian Culture, Pennsylvania’s oldest Native American heritage museum, is a unique resource center for people of all ages to learn about the Lenape (Delaware) and other American Indian tribes. Located in an eighteenth century stone farmhouse in the scenic Little Lehigh Parkway, the Museum has educated the community about Native American heritage for over 36 years. Each year, the Museum provides guided tours of hands-on exhibits showcasing Native American tools, basketry, artwork, photographs, textiles, and beadwork. Visitors learn to grind corn using a mortar and pestle, make a fire with a softwood fire kit, and even try their hand at the ancient American Indian hunting implement, the atlatl (weather permitting). The Museum also offers a comprehensive research library and educational outreach programs for school and community organizations throughout the region. Additionally, the Museum hosts a variety of special events, lectures, and crafts workshops throughout the year. The Roasting Ears of Corn Festival, held during the third weekend in August, is the oldest Native American festival in eastern Pennsylvania. This annual event celebrates Native American culture through dance, music, art, food, and life ways, and features Native American award-winning recording artists, and art and jewelry vendors from across the country. Other special events include: “Just for Kids! Native American Heritage Day,” a fun-filled children’s craft and life skills event in September; “Artifact Road Show” during Archaeology Month in October; and in November celebrates Native American Heritage Month. The Museum's regular hours are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 am – 4 p.m. Starting in June, the Museum’s hours are extending to Thursday through Sunday from 10 am – 4 pm 36th Annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival- August - 3rd weekend Celebrate Native American culture at PA oldest Native American gathering. Experience Native American drumming, singing, dancing, authentic arts and crafts, foods and more. Gates open to the public 10 am. Grand entry is 12 noon. $8 Adults, $5 Seniors & Children 8 – 12, Kids 7 and under & Members free MUSEUM CURRENT FEATURED EXHIBITS: “Mystery Unearthed: The Extraordinary Story of Two Lenape Rock Shelters” In 1942, amateur archeologists discovered two rock shelters near the town of Broomall, Pennsylvania. Their romp in the woods turned serious when they uncovered a skeleton and thousands of Native American artifacts in one of the rock shelters. This new exhibit presents a life-size replica of the Broomall Rock Shelters that shows how Lenape families or hunting parties may have occupied them for centuries. "Tropical Storm Unearths Upper Saucon’s Ancient Past: Lenape Life along Saucon Creek" this exhibit reveals the pre-historic evidence of the Lehigh Valley’s earliest inhabitants through Robert Kufrovich’s collection of artifacts excavated from one of many significant archaeological sites surveyed and recorded in the path of 1980’s Interstate 78 and Route 309 Southern Corridor construction projects. The collection of stone points, scrapers, ground tools, celts, hammer stones and game balls reveal the rich heritage of the Lenape who once lived in our region from pre-historic times through the infamous “Walking Purchase.” "Let's Pow-wow! Native American Dance Regalia, Customs and Tradition Exhibit" - Trace the history of American Indian dance regalia—one of the most underappreciated art forms in America. Discover how trade and cultural change has transformed this clothing over the past 200 years, and learn the importance of the powwow and how dance and dance regalia continue to help preserve tradition, foster innovation, and bring American Indian families together today. Visitors can also learn about the intensity of today’s American Indian competition dancing

Mission: The Museum of Indian Culture's mission is to preserve and educate the public about the Northeastern Woodland Indians as well as other American Indian Cultures.

Ed Gearheart erecting the teepee poles!
05/11/2019

Ed Gearheart erecting the teepee poles!

Ed Gearheart preparing poles for our new teepee coming soon!
05/04/2019

Ed Gearheart preparing poles for our new teepee coming soon!

#7! Are you excited for the festival this year?!?
01/29/2019
8 reasons 2019 will be a great year for Pennsylvania

#7! Are you excited for the festival this year?!?

To get you as excited as we are, check out this list of reasons to relish 2019. From statewide trends to singular events to stunning natural resources, there's something for everyone.

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01/28/2019
Indian Country Today

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The Tla’amin baskets are examples of functional mathematics and art. Baskets of all shapes and sizes are built with the purpose of packing food, storing goods or even as baby cribs. Building a basket is a small bio-engineering project that requires mathematical thinking and math-related skills. These skills include precise measurement, the creation of appropriate shapes and adhering to certain well-established patterns.

What’re you doing this weekend?? https://www.facebook.com/10150091407525088/posts/10161448760425088/
01/23/2019

What’re you doing this weekend??

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There’s a Fiber for That!
Saturday, January 26, 2019
10 am - 4 pm

From cattail to dogbane, to rawhide and sinew, Native Americans used a wide variety of fibers for many uses. Whether securing tool heads, making fishnets, sewing wigwam sides, or binding prisoners, there is a fiber for that! On Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., primitive lifeways specialist, Joanne Robson, will demonstrate the techniques used by Woodland Indians for twisting natural fibers into usable string.

Admission includes demonstration and museum tour: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children 12-17, and children under 12 are free.

For more information, please call the museum at 610-797-2121 or email [email protected]. Also visit our website at museumofindianculture.org.

There’s a Fiber for That!Saturday, January 26, 201910 am - 4 pmFrom cattail to dogbane, to rawhide and sinew, Native A...
01/22/2019

There’s a Fiber for That!
Saturday, January 26, 2019
10 am - 4 pm

From cattail to dogbane, to rawhide and sinew, Native Americans used a wide variety of fibers for many uses. Whether securing tool heads, making fishnets, sewing wigwam sides, or binding prisoners, there is a fiber for that! On Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., primitive lifeways specialist, Joanne Robson, will demonstrate the techniques used by Woodland Indians for twisting natural fibers into usable string.

Admission includes demonstration and museum tour: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children 12-17, and children under 12 are free.

For more information, please call the museum at 610-797-2121 or email [email protected]. Also visit our website at museumofindianculture.org.

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01/03/2019
Indian Country Today

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Today is historic and it’s a required step before we reach any sort of parity in the body politic. Today there are so many women standing next to Davids and Haaland as they take their oaths of office. Both in the past and in the future.

You really see the "what's next?" when the candidates meet with young people. Think about this: The next generation of Native American girls will grow up knowing that being a member of Congress is a possibility, even a career path. This is the new normal.

Name this Kachina! It is part of the exhibit now on display ‘Kachinas: Spirit Dolls of the Hopi’ at the museum!
12/30/2018

Name this Kachina! It is part of the exhibit now on display ‘Kachinas: Spirit Dolls of the Hopi’ at the museum!

It’s an arrow straightener! Thanks for all the guesses! If you’d like to see this and other stone tools, come visit ...
12/22/2018

It’s an arrow straightener! Thanks for all the guesses! If you’d like to see this and other stone tools, come visit the museum today!

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Name this artifact! Answer revealed end of the week!(first picture is one the museum’s pieces currently on display)

Name this artifact! Answer revealed end of the week!(first picture is one the museum’s pieces currently on display)
12/17/2018

Name this artifact! Answer revealed end of the week!(first picture is one the museum’s pieces currently on display)

Having fun learning about the Iroquois with Chris Applegate!
12/15/2018

Having fun learning about the Iroquois with Chris Applegate!

Thank you for all the awesome answers, but the answer is a Bola Stone! It was used as the weights at the end of a throwi...
12/09/2018

Thank you for all the awesome answers, but the answer is a Bola Stone! It was used as the weights at the end of a throwing weapon. You can learn about these and other ancient weapons at the museum!

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Name this artifact! At the end of next week we’ll reveal the answer and feature who got it right! (Photo on the right is at the museum and is referring to the three pieces at the bottom)

Have you ordered yours yet? 🍪🍪🍪
12/07/2018

Have you ordered yours yet? 🍪🍪🍪

Name this artifact! At the end of next week we’ll reveal the answer and feature who got it right! (Photo on the right ...
12/01/2018

Name this artifact! At the end of next week we’ll reveal the answer and feature who got it right! (Photo on the right is at the museum and is referring to the three pieces at the bottom)

Holiday party? We’ve got you covered! We won’t even tell people you didn’t bake them yourself...https://www.facebo...
11/30/2018

Holiday party? We’ve got you covered! We won’t even tell people you didn’t bake them yourself...

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8TH ANNUAL
HOLIDAY COOKIE FUND RAISER

Allentown, PA – The Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road is having its annual Holiday Cookie Bake Sale.

This is how the holiday starts with everyone’s favorite holiday cookie treats: Kiffles, Chocolate Chip, Nut Tassies, Russian Tea Cakes, Sugar Cookies and Gingerbread Cut-outs, Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies Viennese Fingers, White Chocolate Macadamia, and Cherry Shells and more!

Perfect for gift giving, family gatherings or the office party. Order your holiday tins / trays today by calling (610)797-2121 or email [email protected].

For details, visit www.museumofindianculture.org

We thank you for your support!

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11/22/2018

Mail your order in now!

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8TH ANNUAL
HOLIDAY COOKIE FUND RAISER

Allentown, PA – The Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road is having its annual Holiday Cookie Bake Sale.

This is how the holiday starts with everyone’s favorite holiday cookie treats: Kiffles, Chocolate Chip, Nut Tassies, Russian Tea Cakes, Sugar Cookies and Gingerbread Cut-outs, Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies Viennese Fingers, White Chocolate Macadamia, and Cherry Shells and more!

Perfect for gift giving, family gatherings or the office party. Order your holiday tins / trays today by calling (610)797-2121 or email [email protected].

For details, visit www.museumofindianculture.org

We thank you for your support!

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11/15/2018

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8TH ANNUAL
HOLIDAY COOKIE FUND RAISER

Allentown, PA – The Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road is having its annual Holiday Cookie Bake Sale.

This is how the holiday starts with everyone’s favorite holiday cookie treats: Kiffles, Chocolate Chip, Nut Tassies, Russian Tea Cakes, Sugar Cookies and Gingerbread Cut-outs, Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies Viennese Fingers, White Chocolate Macadamia, and Cherry Shells and more!

Perfect for gift giving, family gatherings or the office party. Order your holiday tins / trays today by calling (610)797-2121 or email [email protected].

For details, visit www.museumofindianculture.org

We thank you for your support!

8TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY COOKIE FUND RAISERAllentown, PA – The Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road is having i...
11/08/2018

8TH ANNUAL
HOLIDAY COOKIE FUND RAISER

Allentown, PA – The Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road is having its annual Holiday Cookie Bake Sale.

This is how the holiday starts with everyone’s favorite holiday cookie treats: Kiffles, Chocolate Chip, Nut Tassies, Russian Tea Cakes, Sugar Cookies and Gingerbread Cut-outs, Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies Viennese Fingers, White Chocolate Macadamia, and Cherry Shells and more!

Perfect for gift giving, family gatherings or the office party. Order your holiday tins / trays today by calling (610)797-2121 or email [email protected].

For details, visit www.museumofindianculture.org

We thank you for your support!

Members of the Executive Board and museum staff spent time and broke bread today with  Debbie Dotson, President of the D...
10/26/2018

Members of the Executive Board and museum staff spent time and broke bread today with Debbie Dotson, President of the Delaware Nation in Anadarko, OK. Debbie shared updates, plans, and history with us during her visit to the East Coast. We are very thankful for her visit and continued support!

Who's Who:
Back Row - Left to Right: Ted, Pat Rivera (Executive Director), Debbie Dotson (President of Delaware Nation), Chris, and Wesley.

Front Row: Tavia, Katie W, Katelyn L

Address

2825 Fish Hatchery Rd
Allentown, PA
18103

General information

Museum of Indian Culture Open Thurs-Sun 10:00 noon to 4:00 pm Admission: $5.00 Adults, $4.00 Children 12-17, Free to: Members & Children 11 and under *Group educational programs of 10 or more are scheduled outside regular business hours. Please contact the museum for details and pricing at (610) 797-2121.

Opening Hours

Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(610) 797-2121

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