Florence museum celebrates Native American heritage as part of bicentennial

By  | September 13, 2018 | Filed under: News

FLORENCE-The Florence Indian Mound Museum will celebrate local Native American history on Sunday, Sept. 30, with archery demonstrations, stories, a ceremony on the mound, an archaeological presentation and other programming.

“Florence is celebrating its 200th birthday this year, and each month highlights a different aspect of the city’s history,” said museum curator Brian Murphy. “In September, we are focusing on Native American heritage with four different presentations—two at the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library and two at the Indian Mound Museum. This final event will honor our city’s Native American heritage.” Admission to the museum and activities is free that day, Murphy added. The Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area is a sponsor of the event.

The schedule begins at 11 a.m. with a ceremony on the mound led by local educator Adriana Peeples. Other activities include

• 11-11:30 a.m., 11:40 a.m. to 12:10 , 12:20-12:50 p.m. and 1-1:30 p.m.–archery demonstration with Gary Padgett, University of North Alabama associate professor of education, and George Makowski, UNA history professor. • 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.–pollinator gardens with Carrie Barske Crawford, MSNHA director. • 12-1 p.m.–native plants and stories with local gardener Summer McCreless • 2 p.m.–“The Archaeology of the Tennessee River Valley,” a presentation by Matthew Gage, director, Office of Archeological Research, University of Alabama.

For more information, contact the Florence Indian Mound Museum at 256.760.6427.

Media Release/Cathy Wood, media coordinator & grants administrator/Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area

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