The Massachusetts Archaeological Society held an open house at the Robbins Museum on Saturday, Aug. 27 to express its appreciation to sponsors of some of our larger display cases. About 25 members and guests attended this event.
The following sponsors were honored at this event:
- Carol Sullivan of Pembroke, who is a life member of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society. “I have a deep interest in Native American lore because of my father, whose grandmother was a Micmac Indian,” Ms. Sullivan said of her donation. “I am honored to share this interest with him.”
- Charles R. Smith “Straight Arrow”, Pokanoket, and Shirley J. Reynolds “White Feather”, both of Marion, have sponsored two cases. They have a deep interest in Native Americans and want to promote the case sponsorship program.
The Board of Trustees of the Pratt Free School in North Middleborough. The school was incorporated in 1865, to be used as a free school to benefit all children 8 years of age who lived within a 2 ½ mile radius. This included parts of Bridgewater, Raynham and Lakeville. Today Pratt Free School Trustees give several scholarships each year to college-bound high school students. Other grants are given to educational community projects. In 2010 and 2011 funds were sent to help renovate the library extension at the Robbins Museum. As a result, the Pratt Free School sponsored two exhibits in the Museum.
Museum Coordinator Eugene Winter greeted the sponsors, and said, “Your gifts translate into the development of exhibits, including paint, nails and bolts, wiring, and other material items. But on a higher level, it means that you approve of our mission and the main areas we seek to present to our many constituencies, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, local school students and teachers, citizens and tourists from far and wide, scholars and researchers, authors, and artists. Your voluntary donations to us, a volunteer staff, combine your values with ours in presenting the Native American story. We are truly grateful for your gifts and all that they mean.”
Text by Prof. Curtiss Hoffman.