Oshkosh museum prepares for Menominee exhibit

A collection of hand-carved art figures depicting the Menominee Clans Story is going on display in the Oshkosh Public Museum. The collection, which was meticulously carved and painted by Menominee artist James Frechette, had been stored at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History.

“The Oshkosh Public Museum is honored to have been chosen as the holder of these important clans figures,” said Brad Larson, museum director. “Each figure and its associated implements were done with authenticity and imbued with meaning and spiritual power. Once completed this spring, visitors will not only admire the beauty and spirituality of the figures, but they will also learn about their responsibility to the Menominee people and the natural world they are intimately tied to.”

The diorama display will be set up in the Winnebago Room, which is a small gallery located on the museum’s second floor. The gallery was installed in the late 1990s and features an eclectic array of artifacts, including Native American tools, pioneer firearms, firefighting paraphernalia and military uniforms. Beginning Monday, the current exhibit will be closed to make room for the Menominee Clans Story.

The Oshkosh Public Museum, located at 1131 Algoma Blvd., is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday. For information, visit oshkoshmuseum.org, call 920-236-5799 or email museum@ci.oshkosh.wi.us.