I don't think anyone has mentioned this in a past issue of the E-Sylum, but I wanted to point out that on a recent visit to Washington, D.C. I noticed several Indian Peace Medals on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in an exhibit Windows on Collections. I was particularly surprised to see a 1792 Washington Peace Medal by Richardson, which they believe was awarded on March 13, 1792 "at a conference in Philadelphia between a delegation of the Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Tuscarora, and Stockbridge tribes and President Washington, the secretary of war, the governor of Pennsylvania, and others."
There are a few other medals but that was definitely the most impressive one. In the Our Peoples gallery, there are also several dozen coins (many on loan from the ANS) on display to illustrate European money during colonization. If anyone happens to be in D.C. and is disappointed that the American History Museum is closed for renovation and the Smithsonian Castle no longer has the Legendary coins exhibit, I would suggest that they check out the National Museum of the American Indian. (The museum also has a pretty interesting food court!)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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