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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 9, February 25, 2001, Article 10

PORTRAIT GALLERY PEACE MEDAL EXHIBIT 

   Still more information turned up by the web search: 
   Indian Peace Medals from the Schermer Collection are on 
   display at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. 
   January 26,  2001 through June 3, 2001.  From the museum's 
   web site:   http://www.si.edu/activity/exhibits/sib.htm 

   "On view are 19 peace medals presented to Indian tribal 
   leaders by the United States government between 1793 and 
   1881, along with a British medal depicting George III and 
   given to Canadian allies during the War of 1812.  The U.S. 
   medals, usually made in silver and with a portrait of the 
   current President on one side, were often given to secure 
   treaties and cement political loyalties. The pipe and hatchet 
   motif appeared on the medals until 1850 and symbolized peace. 

   Also on view is a complete 3-volume set of The History of 
   Indian Tribes of North America by Thomas L. McKenney and 
   James Hall, one of the 19th century's most important works on 
   the American Indian. The series, printed in Philadelphia from 
  1837-1844, includes biographies of Native American leaders 
   and 120 hand-colored lithographic portraits that reproduce 
   painting made by Charles Bird King and other artists. 

   These objects were donated to the National Portrait Gallery 
   by Lloyd and Betty Schermer." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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