Tickets still available for ‘Treasures of the Reece’


JOHNSON CITY (October 28, 2013) – Seats are still available for “Treasures of the Reece 2013: Artifacts from the New World,” a behind-the-scenes exhibit preview and fundraiser at the Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University on Friday, Nov. 8, from 6-9 p.m. 

“Treasures of the Reece” will kick off the Grand Reopening festivities for the Reece Museum, which recently underwent a major renovation.

During this event, husband-and-wife Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian community curators Thunder Williams and Penny Gamble-Williams will present an exclusive preview of the traveling exhibition, “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas.”   It will be on display at the Reece through Jan. 4, 2014.

The evening will also include a rare, behind-the-scenes tour of the Reece Museum’s collections with Alan C. Longmire. The Tennessee Department of Transportation archaeologist will showcase important artifacts found locally, such as stone implements from as long ago as 10,000 years and pieces of stamped pottery.  Visitors may also view the Reece Museum’s selection of Pueblo pottery; items from Syria, Japan and Egypt; and other collections.

Music will be provided by artist, flute-maker and performer Daniel Bigay, a member of the Echota Cherokee tribe. 

Heavy hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants, including Bonefish Grill, Hokie Smokie, Ruby Tuesday, and Main Street Café and Catering, will be served. 

The evening is sponsored, in part, by the support of Caroline Dunbar of Jonesborough. 

Tickets are $50 for individuals and $90 for couples.  Advance reservations are encouraged, and tickets will also be available at the door.  

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, contact Theresa Hammons, Reece Museum director, at (423) 439-4392 or .   For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346 by Monday, Nov. 4; accommodation requests after this date cannot be guaranteed.

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