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Strawberry Celebrations

  • Abbe Museum 26 Mount Desert Street Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 United States (map)

Want a tasty way to kick-off the summer months and warm weather? Visit the Abbe Museum and learn about the importance of the strawberry in various Indigenous cultures while participating in a variety of activities. This is sure to please the senses of those young and old! These celebrations do not require registration and are included in the price of admission.


11:00 am-12 pm: Story Hour and Activity
Visit the Learning Lab at 11 am and hear the story of the first strawberry. Young people will have the opportunity to stay and create their own artistic representation of strawberries while reflecting on its importance in various woodland Native cultures.
12 pm: Opening and Strawberry Toast
Curator of Education, Starr, Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi, will host an opening to the Strawberry Celebrations by introducing visitors to the cultural concepts of the strawberry and its importance in her own community as well as others. Stay and partake in a traditional Strawberry Drink, a sweet beverage consumed in many Native communities during this time of year as a way to give thanks for the Earth’s bounty.

1 pm-1:30 pm: Wabanaki Strawberry and Fruit Baskets
Wabanaki basketmakers are renowned for the strawberry and fruit baskets and our education team will share some of these unique items from our collections with visitors. This curated talk will go over the significance of this type of basket in Wabanaki culture and how it emerged as an art form.

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