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Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Celebrates 40 Years

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is celebrating four decades of "promoting a deeper understanding of Native American peoples” with an annual gala.

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is celebrating four decades of their mission “to promote and share a deeper understanding and respect of Native American peoples” with an annual benefit gala titled “Connecting Cultures & Expanding Awareness” at the Unitarian Church in Evanston on Saturday, March 11 from 6:00-9:30pm.

According to a release, this year’s event will feature upscale dining (turkey breast, corn soufflé, and roasted acorn squash) as well as entertainment by The Mark Cleveland Band, a silent auction, grand prize raffle drawing, and a presentation highlighting the successes of the past 40 years since the museum’s founding in 1977.

A Native canoe on display at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian.

A Native canoe on display at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian.

Mark Cleveland, (Cherokee,) will be playing the Native American flute accompanied by nationally known cellist Alyson Berger and banjo virtuoso Steve Martin. Cleveland is a well-known Native American Flute musician that has performed for the Dali Lama, and at the World Music Festival, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and in major Chicago venues.

“Our annual benefit is a wonderful way for community members, board and staff to come together in support of our mission,” said Kathleen McDonald, Executive Director of the Mitchell Museum in the release. “As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we reflect on the museum’s history, the people who made it possible, and the fabulous collections, meaningful exhibits and stimulating programming that will be available to future generations for years to come.”

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Among this year’s silent auction items are tickets to a variety of theater and sporting events, limited edition and one-of-a-kind art pieces, custom jewelry, and restaurant and spa packages. The evening will conclude with the grand prize raffle drawing of a two night stay-cation at Stone Porch B&B, chef’s dinner for two at Oceanique, two spa massages, and a $250 Visa gift card. The winner need not be present to win, and raffle tickets are available for purchase now up until the time of the drawing for $20 each or $100 for six.

To purchase tickets for both the benefit and grand prize raffle, contact the Mitchell Museum at (847)475-1030 or email visitor services at rsvp@mitchellmuseum.org.

40th Anniversary Celebration Gala of the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

40th Anniversary Celebration Gala of the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

The Mitchell Museum is one of only a handful of museums in the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history and culture of American Indian and First Nation's peoples throughout the United States and Canada. In 2012, The Mitchell Museum was named “Best Museum of The North Shore: Up and Comer” by Make it Better magazine, won the Superior award by the Illinois Association of Museums and was named a national finalist by the American Association of State and Local History award program. The Chicago Tribune named the Mitchell Museum one of its top 10 museums for 2015.

Tickets are $140 per person. Tables that seat 8 are also available for $1,040 ($130 per person.)

An Exhibit Tour 2017 at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

An Exhibit Tour 2017 at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Proceeds from the annual benefit will support the Mitchell Museum’s mission to promote and share a deeper understanding and respect of Native American peoples. Since 1977, the Mitchell Museum has worked to dispel the misconceptions and stereotypes that fuel discrimination against Native American peoples today, while also revealing the beauty and inspiration behind their unique genre of art.

For more information about The Mitchell Museum of The American Indian, visitwww.mitchellmuseum.org, call 847-475-1030 or visit their Facebook page. The museum is located in Evanston, Illinois at 3001 Central Street. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children and free for Mitchell Museum members and Tribal members.