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    American Indian Handicrafts Exhibit Opens

    Hiwan Homestead Museum is pleased to announce a new exhibit, “The Reverend and the Reservation: American Indian Handicrafts from the Mounsey Family Collection.”

    Erneset Blezard Mounsey was born in England in 1880 and after emigrating to the United States, became an ordained Episcopal priest. He and his wife Marie spent three years as a missionary to the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota.In his time there he encouraged the Dakota Sioux Indians to maintain their ancient crafts by purchasing handmade pieces which form the basis of this collection.

    Also on display are many of Father Mounsey’s religious items, including a traveling Communion set and vestments.“The Reverend and the Reservation” has been made possible through the generous loan of these items by William and Louise Mounsey, Ernest’s son and daughter-in-law, prominent long-time residents of Evergreen.

    This collection complements the history of Hiwan Homestead Museum as well, in that one of the original residents of the property, Charles Winfred Douglas, was also an Episcopal priest who spent time on Indian reservations and amassed a large collection of Indian handicrafts.

    The exhibit will be on display through June of 2014. Hiwan Homestead Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5 PM, summer hours from June 1 to August 31 are 11:00 AM to 5 PM. Please call 720-497-7650 for more information.

    Hiwan Homestead Museum is a 25-room log mansion constructed in the Rustic style of architecture. It is located in Evergreen at 4208 S. Timbervale Drive and is a Jefferson County Open Space facility operated through a partnership with the Jefferson County Historical Society. The Museum was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

    February 12, 2014

    Last Updated: 2-12-2014