American History Re-learned

Last Summer I randomly discovered the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian here in Evanston, and made a mental note to visit it. So when we were looking for places to host NEW events, I decided to give our cultural knowledge a boost and book our Meet & Munch there.


The museum was founded in 1977, when John and Betty Mitchell decided to make the Indian artifacts they had collected available to the public. John Mitchell met Native Americans during his summer work on a farm and wanted to introduce others to their rich culture. Initially the museum was part of Kendall college but eventually became an independent non-profit organization.


The Mitchell Museum’s mission is to promote and share a deeper understanding of Native American peoples through the collection, preservation, and interpretation of their traditional and contemporary art and material culture.


We were taken across the country with exhibits of the Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Northwest Coast, and Arctic regions of the United States and Canada. We learned that the relationships to tribes by early settlers varied by nationality, some more eager to collaborate and intermingle (the French), others merely seeing native Americans as a labor force (Spaniards) and others wishing to convert the tribes (British).


Our docent Barbara Johnson shed light on the misrepresentations of history and how our vocabulary for the tribes are a result of biased perspectives and things getting lost in translation.


Wigwam, for example means a house made from birchwood, but has come to be a generic term. Teepee translates as ‘where they live’ when we associate it with a particular type of structure (home vs. castle/bungalow/cottage etc.).


Some of the tribal names are based on the feuds between tribes, Apache meaning Enemy and Sioux meaning little rattlesnakes. True tribal nomenclature will take some time to take hold.


Beads are one way to determine when Native American tribes interacted with European settlers, as this was an object not indigenous to Native American Art. We perused a lovely collection of garments, tools, kachina dolls, jewelry and other artifacts that mesmerized us.


Tawa is my favorite from my Arizona days.


The clown kachinas are quite reminiscent of other mischievous characters in pop culture.


Upstairs, where temporary exhibits are located, we discussed the art of storytelling and the parallels of tribal tales to other cultures trying to figure out the origin of the earth and the elements that are part of life.


To cap off the delightful visit we made a God’s Eye out of chopsticks and wool. Tribes would create a God’s Eye for a child, wrapping one round for each year of its life until it was five years old, when it was assumed the child would survive. The ritual is intended to serve as protection and teach the child spirituality.


Crafting in communion is such a joy.


Our next NEW event is this Thursday, May 22 at Escape Salon and Spa from 6 to 8 p.m. Join us at 505 Crescent Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL for soothing mini spa treatments, joyous networking, and a sip of relaxing wine.


While we kicked off NEW in May last year, our birthday party will be in June, at our original host Avalon Salon & Day Spa. Join us for a party and charity raffle on Wednesday, June 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. 20530 North Rand Road in Deer Park.


We believe in paying it forward, so in lieu of birthday presents to ourselves, we want to offer young ladies in need the opportunity to live their dreams with a charity raffle and silent auction to raise funds for the Ruth McBride Memorial Scholarship for Girls in the Game. While we bid on member-donated pieces, we will munch on festive goodies, sip on teas, tour the fabulous themed massage areas and hair salon, and celebrate our milestone with relaxing mini hand and neck massages. Please consider donating to our raffle and auction via this form.


On June 16 we will discuss how to brag; Self Marketing for the Women’s Business Owner in Hyde Park at 57h Street Books. Mark your calendars for these fabulous events and more on Meetup or Facebook.


NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is a group of Chicagoland business women who are upgrading business networking with fun and creative events that inspire attendees to work together, refer each other and most of all cheer each other on as the membership succeeds.


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Introducing NEW to Lemont

Last week the Network of Entrepreneurial Women had a blast at Aurora Rose Boutique in Lemont.


I was excited to showcase this shop to our members, since I knew it would be a good fit.


We got to sample delicious goodies from Tastefully Simple, had chocolate Martinis provided by Dove Chocolates, and sampled the new Tiesta Teas Aurora Rose Boutique just started carrying.


During our introductions we enjoyed meeting new ladies and learning what’s new in each others’ lives since our Halloween party.


NetworkHoncho announced new features to their up-and-coming small business networking platform.


Everyone was delighted by the plethora of gift ideas in the store.


Some of us couldn’t resist taking something home.


Aurora Rose has some fun holiday activities planned, so like their Facebook page to get the scoop on announcements and new products.


The next Network of Entrepreneurial Women event is on December 11 at Anna Shae’s Chocolates in Barrington. The combined Meet & Munch and Wine, Women and Wellness event features Nifty Educational Wisewoman Trivia, where we break up into teams, make up awesome team names, and then test our knowledge of women and winter themed trivia.


There will also be a Holiday Recipe Exchange, with goodies to sample. This will be our only event for the month to give everyone time to close out the year and enjoy quality time with their families.


Have a great weekend!


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Exploring Glen Ellyn

In early April a few Positively NEW ladies met in Glen Ellyn to scope out its downtown area for an upcoming event. We were not disappointed.

Glen Ellyn sign

Glen Ellyn has a lovely downtown area, easily accessible by train.


We enjoyed sampling foods at Shannon’s Irish Pub, which we all plan to return to.


You can’t be in a pub without raising a pint!


Then we explored various boutiques, including a wine store, a few clothing stores, a yarn shop, and several spas.


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I waved at the Fire Station, of course.

Glen Ellyn Fire Department

We had so much fun and ‘fresh’ air that it brought tears to my eyes. 😉


Cabernet & Company had a feline co-proprietor.


For this Thursday, May 30, we have settled on revisiting the Swap Shop Resale Boutique at 484 Main St., Glen Ellyn, IL for Wine Women and Wellness. We will meet for private shopping and networking from 6 to 8 pm.


I was too busy browsing the store to take more photos, but their Facebook page shows lovely finds I’m looking forward to trying on.  I have high hopes for finding a Custer Fair outfit here (and would love this tree for the booth!).


We ended the afternoon field trip with delicious chocolate-filled desserts at Flour and Wine, which is another place we crave since our adventure.


I think I might meander over there for dessert after our wine event.  RSVP for Wine Women and Wellness on Meetup. We look forward to seeing you there!


NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is a group of Chicagoland business women who are upgrading business networking with fun and creative events that inspire attendees to work together, refer each other and most of all cheer each other on as the membership succeeds. Events rotate around various suburbs on a semimonthly basis.