Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

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Jeanette Barres Zug Lecture

2018 Jeanette Barres Zug Lecture

Join us for the 2018 Annual
Jeanette Barres Zug Lecture
with Rena Dennison, a lifelong educator
of Native American culture and art.

Sunday, April 29 at 2:00PM

Moravian Museum Saal

66 W. Church Street, Bethlehem

Registration Required - Limited Space Available

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Wine and cheese reception will follow the lecture.

Two Cultures, One Family

From 1737 Pfungstadt Germany to western Ohio in 1832, the Clippinger family moved quietly through Pennsylvania and Ohio history.  Immigrating to the colonies they found themselves unwittingly involved in the strife caused by the need of two different governments to deal with the “Indian Problem."

Rena Dennison discusses the Clippinger family's journey from Germany, through Pennsylvania to Ohio, and their interactions with the native peoples during the 1700s. The way this family dealt with the problems that impacted their lives is one thread of the story of what happened to the original people of Turtle Island and the newcomers who became a part of their story.

Moire Ribbonwork Fabric
Strand of Wampum beads, shaft makers knife, bone spoon, prehistoric pottery shard, prehistoric stone beads, a prehistoric bird bone bead, and a deer bone whistle from a prehistoric site in Ohio.
Left to right: original rifle made by Joseph Clippinger, contemporary pipe tomahawk made by William Buchele, Original powder horn.

About the Speaker

Rena Dennison has had a life long association with Native American culture.  Over the years she has participated in the field of education, working with schools, universities, and the general public, presenting programs on Native American art and culture.

Rena has developed programs that deal with many aspects of Native life such as general cultural information, early tools, traditional housing, music, stories, games, stereotypes and decorative arts.

In working and learning from Native people throughout the United States and Canada, she is able to bring to diverse audiences a better understanding of the art and culture of the first peoples of this Turtle Island.

A skilled artisan, she specializes in pre-European contact methods of the arts used by the Woodland First Nations, teaching classes in quillwork, beadwork, brain tanning, and the making of everyday items used by our Native ancestors.  Through the Ohio Arts Council, she is considered a Master Ethnic Artist and is granted to take on apprentices.

Rena currently serves as a Board Member for the Native American Indian Culture Centers, Inc. that provide social services for the Native people of Ohio.

This lecture is supported by the Jeanette Barres Zug endowment fund.


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