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Trenton, NJ 08625

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Native American Heritage Month Event

New Sweden colonists and Indians trading from Thomas Campanius Holm, Descriptions of New Sweden (1702)

Saturday, November 23, 2013
11 am to 3:00 pm

As you prepare for Thanksgiving, reflect on first contact in your own state of New Jersey. Have you ever wondered about life for the Delaware-Lenape? Who were they? What did they eat? How did life change with the arrival of the early settlers?

Explore answers to these questions in our three exhibits, New Jersey’s Original People, Cultures in Competition and A Much Moved People. Join us for story time and activities related to early Native American life. Activities are suitable for ages 3 and up. General admission and all activities are free.
(Planetarium tickets have a small fee).


  • Make a corn picture and a paper pumpkin while you learn about the traditional food of the Delaware-Lenape
  • Make a turkey or turtle stick puppet and learn about the 3 clans of the Delaware-Lenape people
  • Explore the history of first contact in NJ with pottery puzzles and reproduction trade items

Story time:

Join us in the A Much Moved People exhibit for story time at 11:30am and 1:30pm. We will read the story When the Shadbush Blooms. In the story you will learn about the Lenape then and now through the lens of one family’s seasonal activities.


Don’t miss the 2:00 pm Planetarium show: Earth, Moon and Sun.

Explore the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun with the help of an amusing character Coyote (adapted from Native American oral traditions), who has many misconceptions about our home planet and its most familiar neighbors.

How do the Earth, Moon and Sun work together as a system, and what is the myth and science behind it? Why does the Sun rise and set? Many other commonly asked questions will be answered.
Suitable for general audiences.

Planetarium admission: $7 adult; $5 child (twelve & under)