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Party at the Maidu Museum

Enjoy activities, native stories and guided tours during one-year anniversary celebration
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It’s been a busy 12 months since the doors opened to the Maidu Museum and Historic Site in Roseville last February.

More than 40,000 visitors have come through the museum’s doors. This includes more than 170 school visits with nearly 8,000 children who have learned about native culture through tours led by a dedicated group of volunteers, said museum Supervisor Mark Murphy, in a press release.

These volunteers have logged about 2,500 hours leading tours and helping out behind the scenes.

“Visitors have enjoyed special events including the annual Yomen Spring Celebration, cultural heritage speaker presentations, night tours by lantern light, campfire programs, archery lessons, summer camps and artist receptions incorporating the new art gallery on the mezzanine,” Murphy said.

During the one-year anniversary celebration, visitors can learn about the Maidu American Indians and their culture on a guided tour of the historic site. While on the outdoor trail, people can view petroglyphs and bedrock mortars.

They can also participate in hands-on activities and learn how to prepare acorns or play traditional hand games, and listen to native stories. Or check out the Indigenous Art Gallery’s current show “Empowering Our People, Artistic Expressions of Native American Children,” which highlights the works of American Indian children from the American Education Program of the Sacramento City Unified School District.

In the evening, join museum staff for the 3rd Saturday Art Walk and an anniversary reception complete with cake, refreshments, a few thank you speeches, a blessing and live music. Local historian April Farnham will present a lecture called “Nisenan History on the Sacramento River.”

~ Sena Christian

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Maidu Museum’s 1st anniversary celebration

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

Schedule of events: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. guided tours, 11:30 a.m. hands-on acorn preparation and hand games, 2:30 p.m. storytelling, 6 p.m. anniversary reception and cake cutting and 7 p.m. “Nisenan History on the Sacramento River” lecture by April Farnham.

Where: Maidu Museum, 1970 Johnson Ranch Dr. in Roseville

Cost: Free

Info: Visit www.roseville.ca.us or call (916) 774-5934