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Talking Cloth: Kangas from East Africa 10:00 am
Talking Cloth: Kangas from East Africa @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – Feb 9 @ 1:00 pm
Great Hall Art Exhibit: Talking Cloth: Kangas from East Africa Before there were T shirts to convey our thoughts and identities, there were kangas. Kangas are the everyday cloth worn and used by women in many East African countries, unique for their colorful patterns and also their printed text. The messages, slogans and sayings printed on these cloths are used by women to trade barbed insults, give each other compliments, commemorate events, or to express hope, sorrow, and pride. The kangas in this exhibit are from the collections of two local women who have lived and worked in Kenya and Tanzania. The Discovery Center will be open special hours on Monday, January 21, 10 am to 4 pm for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
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Wampum Workshop 1:00 pm
Wampum Workshop @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Join Aquinah Wampanoag Researcher and Artist Elizabeth James-Perry a traditional Wampum Bead-making workshop to follow, 1-3:30 pm. $40 fee. Workshop pre-registration recommended at Nolumbekaproject@ gmail.com. Ages 15 and up. Co-sponsored by DCR and the Montague Cultural Council. Check nolumbekaproject.org for weather updates. Snow date: Feb. 3.
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Investigation Station: Who Do You Love? Valentines for Wildlife 10:00 am
Investigation Station: Who Do You Love? Valentines for Wildlife @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 10 @ 10:00 am – Feb 14 @ 4:00 pm
  For all ages, stop by our Welcome Desk to make Valentines to give to the ones you love, keep for yourself, or give to your favorite wildlife biologist— all in honor of your favorite animal. Learn about your favorite animal’s habitat and how to help protect it.
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Great Hall Exhibit: “The Time of My Life”; Vintage Views of Western Massachusetts 10:00 am
Great Hall Exhibit: “The Time of My Life”; Vintage Views of Western Massachusetts @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 16 @ 10:00 am – Apr 21 @ 4:00 pm
“Having the time of my life.” So wrote Bernice on a postcard sent to her “Ma” in the early 20th century—one among many cards from Memorial Hall Museum’s collection, now in the Great Hall. Enlarged postcard scenes take visitors on an imaginary road trip, with stops at Mount Tom, Mount Holyoke Summit House, Sugarloaf, Turners Falls, Greenfield, Shelburne Falls and the Mohawk Trail. Sit down and relax with reproduction postal souvenir albums, a hands-on stereoscope, and a Viewmaster with other area scenes that paint pictures of civic pride and new ideas about leisure and travel. Before cell phones and social media, the picture postcard reigned supreme. Sponsored by Memorial Hall Museum.
Memorial Hall Museum presents: An Opening Event- “The Time of My Life” Exhibit 1:00 pm
Memorial Hall Museum presents: An Opening Event- “The Time of My Life” Exhibit @ Great Falls Discovery Center
Feb 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  During this two hour opening reception, enjoy refreshments with vacation-style picnic fare, make your own postal souvenir album, craft a postcard message, and don some vintage accessories for a photo shoot with a giant postcard backdrop. Several ongoing hands-on activities available after the opening reception.
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