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The McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will host a free lecture on Native American beadwork at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 23. The lecture is in connection with the special exhibit Brightly Beaded: North American Indian Glass Beadwork.

Michael H. Logan, anthropology professor and curator of the exhibit, will present the lecture “American Indian Beadwork–The Functional Roles of Ethnic Art,” which will explore nineteenth and early twentieth century beadwork using pieces from the exhibit. These embellished items held important functional roles beyond aesthetics, which ranged from utilitarian and sacred purposes to militarism, status, and the socialization of children.

The lecture will be held in the McClung Museum auditorium and is free and open to the public.

The McClung Museum is located at 1327 Circle Park Drive. Museum admission is free, and the museum’s hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Free two-hour museum parking passes are available from the parking information building at the entrance to Circle Park Drive on the weekdays. Free parking is available on Circle Park Drive on a first-come, first-served basis on weekends.

Additional parking information is available online.

For more information about the McClung Museum and its collections and exhibits, visit the website.


Catherine Shteynberg (865-974-6921,

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