Celtic Heritage at the Sparks Heritage Museum

February 26, 2012

The Sparks Heritage Museum is currently hosting a new Celtic Heritage exhibit. This third in a series of community based cultural heritage exhibits is an unusual display of a compilation of over thirty different people’s private collections and features artifacts as old as 30-40 AD. For the next three months, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about Celtic traditions and customs, not only in the Museum, but also through dance and music performances in the Cultural Center.

The term Celtic (pronounced Keltic) is often misunderstood. The Celtic nations are comprised of six territories in northwest Europe whose Celtic language and cultural traits have survived to modern day. The recognized Celtic nations are Brittany (in northwest France), Cornwall (in southwestern Great Britain), Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland, and Wales. The exhibit features over 100 artifacts from four of the six territories and has fun interactive features that allow you to play a virtual bagpipe or look up your Tartan.

Upcoming events related to the Celtic Heritage exhibit include…

  • Sunday, March 4 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Blachette Irish Dancers, Celtic Session Musicians and others will perform at a reception for The Sons & Daughters of Erin. You are invited to meet the members and learn more during this fun filled afternoon. SADOE’s “Irish Person of the Year” will be honored.
  • Saturday, March 17 – Victorian Square St. Patrick’s Day music & festivities.
  • Saturday, April 21 – time TBA – Scottish Clans Reception & Celtic Jam.

The Sparks Heritage Museum is located at 814 Victorian Avenue, corner of Pyramid Way. Regular hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is funded by donations and operated by volunteers as a service to the citizens of Sparks. For more information, call (775) 355-1144.


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