HARVARD — Over 40 trustees, corporators, friends, staff and members of Fruitlands Museum attended the its annual meeting on Jan. 22, at the Campbell Performing Arts Center at The Groton School.

This is the “Year of the Museum,” according to the American Association of Museums. Fruitlands launched its participation with a special program on Native American culture, which included a tour of the new Brave Art exhibition at The Groton School’s de Menil Gallery.

The afternoon program began with an overview of the past year at Fruitlands, and an update on its changing landscape as the museum moves successfully toward Title Five compliance with its septic and water system projects.

After the program, many trekked the short distance to the Dillon Art Center and de Menil Gallery where Groton pupil Thomas Cleary curated the delightful Brave Art exhibition. Curator Cleary organized the exhibition to “remove dust from forgotten chapters of American history and revive understanding of a great culture.”

The display consists of over 40 objects including a rare Crow lance case, a Mandan war shirt and a first phase chief’s blanket fragment.

The display continues through March 5 and is open to the public.

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If you’re eager to escape cabin fever this month, join us at Fruitlands on Feb. 12, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., as we embrace the wonders of winter with Revealing Fruitlands’ Changing Landscape.

Enjoy snowshoeing through wintry meadows, unearth remnants of the Willard farm excavations, discover facts and figures about the new museum mounds, sip hot cider and toast marshmallows around a sunset campfire. The event is free.

Be sure to visit the Museum Store too for a special winter blowout sale. Come enjoy the views and spectacular Fruitlands winter landscape, and appreciate the role of the museum and its resources in your community’s heritage.