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installation pic Wrapped in Tradition:The Chihuly Collection of American Indian Trade Blankets features 80 magnificent trade blankets hand picked by renowned studio glass artist Dale Chihuly from his personal collection. These blankets are machine produced and made for the European settler-American Indian trade. The exhibition also features 15 glass Navajo Blanket Cylinders by Chihuly who was inspired by the beautiful colors and designs of the Navajo blankets. When planning your summer schedule make note, this astounding travling exhibit will only be on display through August 18, 2007, in the Thomas E. and Emilyne Week Anding Traveling Exhibit Gallery at the museum.

Summer Lecture Series
As a complement to our traveling exhibit, Wrapped in Tradition: The Chihuly Collection of American Indian Trade Blankets, the Mayborn Museum Complex presents an educational and fascinating lecture series featuring renown experts on Dale Chihuly’s work American Indian Culture, and trade blankets. All three lectures will take place in the lecture hall at the museum. Tickets are $15 for each lecture; Mayborn Museum members pay $10 for each. For tickets, please call 254-710-1202 by 5:00 pm on June 6th

On Friday, June 8th at 2:00 pm and Saturday, June 9th at 10:30 am, Joanna Sikes will present a lecture about Dale Chihuly and his work. On Friday, her lecture will be followed by a reception where Ms Sikes will greet visitors one on one and personally answer questions.

Lowery Begay, a Navajo musician, will be perform traditional American Indian dances and speak on “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about American Indians But Were Afraid To Ask” on Saturday, July 28th at 10:30 am.

The final lecture will be on August 3rd at 2:00 pm, and August 4th at 10:30 am, when author Charles Lohrmann will be speaking on American Indian trade blankets.

Summer Movie Series
We are also presenting a summer film series featuring fascinating documentaries on Native American history and culture. All showings begin at 2 pm in the SBC Theater. There is no additional charge to attend the movie screenings. Please be aware that the SBC Theater has limited seating, so arrive early!

June 16 & 17: "Long Journey Home"
This 60 minute documentary explores the history of the Lenape, or Delaware Indians. This tribe is known as the "Grandfather Tribe" and was one of the first to make contact with Anglo settlers in the Northeast. Click here for more information.

Click here to see the entire summer movie line up.


June 23 - Demonstrations by Diana Chase
Glass artist Diana Chase will demonstrate the process of making art out of glass from 11am to noon. Visitors will enjoy her explanation of the process and have the opportunity to ask questions. She will also hold a workshop for 7-12 year old children with a parent from 2 to 3:30pm. Kids will create a beautiful, permanent piece of artwork with her expert help.

June 24 @ 2pm: Quilling Video and Artifact Presentation
A film exploring the elegant art of quilling will be shown in the SBC Theatre. Following the film, staff will present relevant artifacts to visitors.

June 25 – June 28, 10am to 12pm: Mayborn Weaving Summer Camp
These distinctive camp sessions for lucky 2nd through 6th graders will explore the Wrapped in Tradition exhibit and even include correlated crafts such as weaving and tie-dying. Click here for more information and registration before all spots are filled!

June 30: Trade Days
Trade Days activities will interactively teach children about purchasing without money, just as the American Indians and early settlers did. They will participate in educational crafts such as paper weaving, pot holder making, and belt weaving.

Click here to see a complete list of our exciting summer events.

New Exhibit coming soon

From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of America’s Coast Survey
June 21 – August 21, 2007
Direct from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and NOAA, the Mayborn is pleased to offer you a special poster exhibit, From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of America's Coast Survey. This 20-poster set explores the Coast Survey’s history, accomplishments, and scientific contributions. Richly illustrated with photos, charts, and artwork held in the Survey’s archives, these colorful posters will be on display from June 21 to August 21, 2007 in the upper cafe.


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Challenge Your Kids!
It's Fun! It's fast-paced! It's our all-new Catch a Chihuly Cylinder flash game. Save the glass cylinders from crashing to the ground and see if you can make it onto our "High Scores" board. Use our fun email form to challenge others.


Share your photos of the Mayborn and see great pics that other visitors have taken. Check out our Flickr group page and post pictures of your family, children, and friends enjoying the musuem!


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Download one of our new desktop wallpapers featuring an American Indian trade blanket.

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The museum store has a large selection of products which complement our Wrapped in Tradition: The Chihuly Collection of American Indian Trade Blankets summer traveling exhibit. These items are available for a limited time, so take this opportunity to purchase unique and colorful collectibles inspired by America's history. You'll find artwork, books, Pendleton blankets, toys & games, and much more!

We are excited to present Dale Chihuly’s 2007 Studio Edition Glass Series for sale to the public. Each one-of-a-kind piece is handblown and distinct in color, size and shape. To purchase one of these rare and beautiful items, please call the Mayborn Museum Store at (254) 710-1127 or email us with inquiries
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summer camp

Limited openings are still available in some one-day camps in June and July. Register now before it’s too late! Email Lanna Palmer or call her at 710-7526. Visit our website for more information.

birthday parties

Celebrate your child's birthday with a party that is as unique as they are at the Mayborn Museum Complex! email Carol Nowlin or call her at 710-1128. Visit our website for details.


A Mayborn Museum Membership makes a timeless gift for a loved one or even for yourself!

Email Sherri Jurls or call her at 710-1108. Visit our website to purchase online.

Family Fun Thursdays

June 7 Chihuly Cylinder Art
We'll visit the Chihuly Wrapped in Tradition traveling exhibit featuring beautiful American Indian trade blankets and glass cylinders inspired by the blankets. Create your very own painted cylinder! This program is free with admission. Email Katie Smith or call her at 710-1104 for more details.


This month’s big winner is Corey Harvey! His feedback card was drawn from all of the visitor feedback cards we received during the month of May. Your feedback helps us deliver an extraordinary experience each time you visit. We appreciate all of your comments and the time you took to fill out our 30-second survey. Good luck to each of you next month!

Youth volunteers

Do you have a teen interested in volunteering at the Mayborn this summer? Click here to fill out an application and get information about training sessions. Volunteers must currently be in high school or must be entering high school by Fall 2007.