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10/4/12: Open House for USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center
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9/17/2012 at 4:19:47 PM GMT
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10/4/12: Open House for USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center

On October 4th, the USC Lancaster Native American Studies Program will host a public open house to inaugurate the opening of its new center. Faculty and staff of this 15,000 square foot facility in historic downtown Lancaster invite the public to tour the new Native American Studies Center at 119 South Main Street from 5 pm to 7 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the NAS Center’s gallery spaces, archives, classrooms, and archaeology, language, and folklife/oral history labs. Refreshments will be provided and performers and artists will be on hand to demonstrate Native American traditions.

Through a partnership between USCL and the City of Lancaster, the Native American Studies Center was established to promote regional Native American art, culture, and history. Home to the world’s largest collection of Catawba Indian pottery, the state’s only university archive devoted to South Carolina’s Native cultures, a 200,000 piece collection of artifacts from the Ice Age to the present, the area’s only Catawba linguist, an on-going Native American folklife and oral history project, and the only Native American Studies academic program in the state, the NAS Center will offer exhibits of regional Native American Art, classes and workshops, a public archaeology lab, and other public programs. Following the Oct. 4th open house, the NAS Center will be open Tuesdays through Sundays and Mondays by appointment. Both the public open house and regular admission are free.

For details, call 803-313-7172, email criswese@mailbox.sc.edu, or visit usclancaster.sc.edu/NAS.

Visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/95434605754/ or http://www.facebook.com/#!/nativeamericanstudies .

Stephen Criswell, Ph.D.
Director of Native American Studies
Associate Professor of English and Folklore
USC Lancaster
Lancaster, SC 29720

(803) 313-7108





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