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Exhibit at NC Arboretum Explores Region’s Cultural History of Cherokee and British Relations

Visitors are invited to explore this engaging exhibit of archaeological materials excavated from eighteenth-century Cherokee sites, historical documents, and British artifacts from the period that tell the story of these two powerful nations and their representatives who made diplomatic missions to each other’s capitals in 1762.

The historical materials are matched with illustrations and artwork, including a portrait of George III by Allan Ramsay on loan from the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The exhibit tells the story of Henry Timberlake’s visit to the Cherokees in 1762, and how he took Cherokee leaders to London to meet with King George III. Timberlake’s memoirs come to life through artifacts, archaeological treasures, period artwork, music, video, and life size figures. Experience the two contrasting cultures as they emerge from war and make peace. Special pop-up books and graphic panels tell the story for children.
Emissaries was designated a “We the People” exhibit because of its excellence in telling the story of American history. This exhibition was originally produced by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, for the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian.
Emissaries of Peace runs through May 15, 2011. Exhibition support at the Arboretum provided in part by The North Carolina Arboretum’s Community Partner, Smoky Mountain Living.
Sponsored by: the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, First Citizens Bank, Harrah’s Foundation, the Cannon Foundation, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian.
Admission is in addition to the parking fee, $2 for youths 5 to 18 and $3 for adults. Admission and parking is always free for Arboretum Society members. School group exhibit admission is $2 per child with or without additional guided program – adult chaperones are free – all groups must pre-register. School groups must have one adult chaperone per 10 students; additional adults are welcome to come but will be charged full exhibition admission.
The mission of The North Carolina Arboretum is to cultivate connections between people and plants. Visit www.ncarboretum.org for more information or call 828.665.2492.

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