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York County museum marks 100 years of celebrating Native American culture

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AIRVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

A York County museum is celebrating over a decade of collecting and displaying Native American cultural artifacts.  The museum, one of the oldest in the country dedicated to Native American history, has been collecting artifacts since 1904.  

This Indian Steps museum is home to over 10,000 Native American artifacts and pieces of history -- some of which have been embedded in the walls and foundation and can be seen on either the inside or outside of the museum.

The original proprietor, John Edward Vandersloot, bought the property in 1904 and began collecting Native American artifacts in a shack on his property.  Vandersloot became intrigued by Indian culture and searched the country for artifacts and Native American history.

Once his collection became to big for the shack, Vandersloot constructed a large two story tudor home to house his artifacts.  In the mid 1950's the building was turned into a museum by the Conservation Society of York and that tradition continues today.

The museum is open to tours and school trips from April through October.  They also host several events throughout the year culminating with a large Native American festival in September.

To find out more about the museum, contact 717-862-3948 or go to www.indianstep.org.

John Shelton contributed to this report.  

 

 

 

 

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