April 23, 2010
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU's Old Stone House celebrates Native-American History
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Old Stone House will host a Native-American Festival, celebrating Native-American history, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 1-2
The free, two-day event will offer traditional drums with singing provided by western Pennsylvania's Muddy Creek Singers, a northern-style drum group.
Stephen Glinsky, SRU professor emeritus of modern languages and cultures, will present, "The World of the Eastern Woodland Indians" at 1 p.m. May 1. The interactive program will use historic artifacts, books and paintings to explore the history and culture of the native peoples who populated western Pennsylvania at the time of the French and Indian War.
The "All Nations Gathering and People of the Forest" will offer demonstrations of native dance, song and storytelling. Vendors will feature handicrafts representing a number of different Native American nation cultures.
Guides will be on hand for tours of the facility.
"Native Americans have made vital contributions to our nation's history, and it is important to recognize their culture." said Aaron Cowan, SRU professor of history and curator for the facility. "This event marks the opening of the season for the Old Stone House and should provide entertainment for the entire family, while offering a great opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of American Indian peoples."
The Old Stone House, one of Butler County's most recognized landmarks, is located at the intersection of routes 8, 528, and 173, just south of Slippery Rock.
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