Tales from the Vault: The Frost Trade Bead Collection

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

  • Research & Collections Center, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Multi-purpose Room

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free, donations appreciated

Program moderated by Dr. Brooke Morgan, Curator of Anthropology, Illinois State Museum

Stephen A. Frost and his son Daniel peddled glass seed beads to Plains Indian tribes in the latter half of the 19th century, accepting cash or craftwork as payment. When Daniel took over the company in 1900, new clientele included non-Native customers on the Eastern Seaboard, who favored more intricately designed large glass beads. In 1941, Dan Frost donated 71 bead sample cards and Native American beaded objects to the Illinois State Museum. This exquisite collection is believed to be the largest of its kind in a North American museum.

"Tales from the Vault" is a collaborative program hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Museum which allows the public to discover some of the treasures from these institutions' collections. Each program will include the chance to view an artifact or document not normally on display, commentary by a staff member or local scholar, and a chance for group discussion. All programs are free and open to the public.

The Research & Collection Center is located at 1011 E. Ash Street in Springfield. The Collections Center must be accessed from the new gate on Ash Street and approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 ½ Streets. The 10 ½ Street gate is closed. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

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