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Artifact of the Week — March 21, 2024

Pea Huller Many old stories begin on front porches with Grandma shelling peas. While many people find a tranquil peace as they remove fresh peas from their hulls, acres of pea plants meant hours and hours of labor removing the peas from their cozy pods. To remedy that situation, companies such as Gardner invented clever … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — February 29, 2024

Boy Scout troop in the 1963 White River Festival parade This innocuous picture of a Boy Scout troop marching in the White River Festival parade has a darker context. These young men were segregated from the other Independence County Boy Scout troops. Boy Scouts of America was founded by W. D. Boyce in 1910. When … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — February 22, 2024

Milk Trough Modern refrigeration has only been readily available since the 1930s. Before that, milk had a short shelf life unless it was somehow preserved. The methods used for storing milk vary across the world. In some indigenous tribes, milk was stored in the animal. In other words, the cows were close enough at hand … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — February 8, 2024

Black Heritage Celebration, February 22 In celebration of Black Heritage Month, Old Independence Regional Museum is hosting a dinner along with an intriguing presentation. The dinner will be specialty meals in the spirit of Rosetta Petty. We cannot truly call them Rosetta’s chicken spaghetti and cinnamon rolls because, as everyone in Batesville of a certain … Continue reading »

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Artifact of the Week — February 1, 2024

NAGPRA Compliance “Since 1990, Federal law has provided for the protection and return of Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony. By enacting NAGPRA, Congress recognized that human remains of any ancestry “must at all times be treated with dignity and respect.” Congress also acknowledged that human remains and other … Continue reading »

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