• Harbor History Talk - Odawa Art in Austria

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    Name: Harbor History Talk - Odawa Art in Austria
    Date: April 18, 2019
    Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
    Event Description:

    The Welt Museum Wien (Museum of Ethnology) in Vienna, Austria recently added a remarkable collection of Odawa art to its permanent exhibition on North American history. How Anishnaabek art from Middle and Cross Village ended up in Vienna is the topic of the Historical Society's next Harbor History Talk on Thursday, April 18. The story begins in the 1850s when a painter named Martin Pitzer came to the area.

    Pitzer traveled to various missions and churches in the Great Lakes area, intending to support the work of local missionaries by decorating their buildings with his artwork. During his travels he collected items from various Indian communities, including the Odawa. Pitzer returned to Austria in 1853 and his collection eventually came into the possession of the Museum of Ethnology. These unique artifacts reflect the immense changes the Odawa were experiencing in the 1800s, in terms of government policies centered on removal, religion and assimilation.

    Eric Hemenway, Director or Archives and Records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, will talk about this incredible story. Hemenway has traveled to Austria to view the Odawa artifacts and has been working closely with the museum there for several years, providing historical context for the items and helping tell the story of the Anishnaabek in the Harbor Springs area. 

    Hemenway's talk will take place at 5:30 pm on the second floor of the Harbor Springs History Museum and refreshments will be provided. Admission to the talk is $5 for Historical Society members and $10 for non-members. Due to limited seating at the museum reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (231) 526-9771.

    Harbor Springs History Museum, 349 E Main Street, Harbor Springs
    Date/Time Information:
    Thursday, April 18 at 5:30 pm
    Contact Information:
    (231) 526-9771
    Admission to the talk is $5 for Historical Society members and $10 for non-members. 
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