Special exhibit of Native American Artifacts

Special exhibit of Native American Artifacts 2019-08-06T12:46:13-04:00

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On Saturday, August 24th from 10 am – 4 pm, the Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester will host an exhibit of thousands of Native artifacts.  This lifetime collection spans more than eight decades of hunting and primarily represents the southern portion of Dorchester County.

Meet collection owner Tommy Phillips who will be on hand with Museum Curator Terry Crannell to share about the artifacts, the people and the culture of the earliest Dorchester inhabitants.  Mr. Phillips is the nephew of the original owner and collector, Mr. Edwin Paul Simmons.

Mr. Simmons was an avid outdoorsman, making his living and taking enjoyment from the natural world around him.  As waterman, caretaker and hunting guide he spent the majority of his life outside in his home area of Hoopers Island.  Appreciating all of this and following in his father’s collecting footsteps, he became an artifact hunter and amassed a large collection.

On display will be more than 80 cases of artifacts that have never been publicly displayed before.  This one day exhibit is being mounted in appreciation of Mr. Simmons’ legacy and the Native American culture in the region.

Dorchester County Historical Society members will enjoy free admission to this event while nonmembers will pay $3 each.  Children 12 and under will have free admission.  The Heritage Museums and Gardens of Dorchester is located at 1003 Greenway Drive in Cambridge.  For information, call 410.228.7953 or email dchs@verizon.net.