The Museum of Indian Culture is requesting funding assistance due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Following CDC guidelines the Museum of Indian Culture has had to cancel its most important fundraising event, our annual Roasting Ears of Corn Festival.
The Museum of Indian Culture is located in Allentown, Pennsylvania within the Lehigh Parkway along the L’il Lehigh Creek and has hosted Pennsylvania's oldest Native American arts, music, and dance and food festival for 39 years. This festival features Native American performers, educational demonstrators, arts and crafts vendors and their families from across the United States and Canada.
In addition to the festival, the museum provides many other important resources and services for our regional community and beyond, including:
· Educational programs for school students of all ages and other social groups.
· Internship programs in the areas of museum education, collections management, and research.
· Support for tribal dancers, artists, demonstrators, and storytellers to preserve and share their peoples’ traditions.
· Guided tours of museum exhibits and our comprehensive research library.
· Historic Preservation Office services facilitating the relationship between Delaware Nation, their ancestral homelands, and our local community.
· Interactive live workshops and events to educate the community about Native American culture.
Following CDC guidelines to ensure the safety of the public and staff, the Museum of Indian Culture has remained closed to the public since April. Although we have just opened our gift shop, we are not permitted to open the museum for tours or provide education programs until we are in the green phase. Consequently, for the first time in 40 years, the Museum of Indian Culture is in serious need for funding.
Since the museum is not currently open for tours during our typical tourism season, we are not able to generate any sustainable income for even our basic monthly operating expenses. Additionally, the net proceeds from The Roasting Ears of Corn festival helps to ensure funding throughout the year for insurance, security, building maintenance, heating oil during winter months, preservation of the museum’s artifacts and archival collections, honorariums for special programs and demonstration, and start-up funds for next year’s festival.
The Museum of Indian Culture is a non-profit, member-supported educational organization. It serves the community by working to dismantle stereotypes about Native Americans by educating the public about the diversity and complexity of these modern and resilient peoples.
As an all-volunteer organization, we can’t fulfill this mission without support from our community. By donating to the Museum of Indian Culture, you’re not only supporting the oldest Native American history museum in Pennsylvania, but allowing us to continue providing educational programs and events, like the Roasting Ears of Corn Festival, for years to come.
Thank you for your understanding and support. We encourage you to stay in touch with us on social media and look forward to seeing you soon! We are currently working on our summer and fall schedule of events. Please check our website or Facebook page frequently for updates www.museumofindianculture.org. Be safe!