For thousands of years, Native American tribes lived in what is now Wisconsin, forming their lives around the seasons and based on community.
Today, 11 federally recognized tribes call Wisconsin home, living both on and off reservations across the state.
To celebrate their cultures and their continuing stories of survival and determination, the Waupaca Area Public Library has assembled artifacts, photographs and stories from around the state in a new exhibit, “Common Ground: Native Cultures of Wisconsin.”
The exhibit opens Monday, Aug. 12, and will run through Saturday, Sept. 21.
To bring these stories to life, the exhibit features objects from the Oneida Nation Museum, George W. Brown Jr. Ojibwe Museum and Cultural Center in Lac du Flambeau, Menominee Tribal Enterprises, Oshkosh Public Museum, Wisconsin Historical Society, Iola Historical Society, Waupaca Historical Society and Waupaca County individuals.
The library will also host seven events in conjunction with this exhibit:
• Lunch & Learn – Effigy Mounds of Wisconsin, at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 13.
• Debra Morningstar and Pat Ehrenberg – Storyteller Storytime (2:30 p.m.); Native Stitches and Stories (6 p.m.) on Tuesday, Aug. 20.
• Oneida Storytelling and Social Dancing at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Waupaca Recreation Center.
• First Thursday Film Series with Dr. Jack Rhodes at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.
• Lunch & Learn, film commentary with Dr. Jack Rhodes at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 10.
• Special Lunch & Learn, “History of the Ho-Chunk – Past, Present and Future” at noon Friday, Sept. 13.
All events will take place at the library unless otherwise noted.
“Common Ground: Native Cultures of Wisconsin” is a free exhibit and will be open to the public during regular library hours in the lower-level exhibit room.
The exhibit and its programs are sponsored by the Waupaca Library Foundation, Friends of the Library and the Waupaca Foundry. Visit www.waupacalibrary.com/exhibit-room for more details.