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Dedication

The Dedication Placque from the dedication ceremony on Saturday, September 27, 2003 The Feather Box from the dedication ceremony on Saturday, September 27, 2003

The permanent exhibit and Website of hand-carved wooden figures created by Menominee traditional artist, James Frechette, Jr., was dedicated on Saturday, September 27, 2003, in the James H. Albertson Center for Learning Resources (the "LRC") at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The image above is a photograph of the dedication plaque and Feather Box that are now permanent parts of the exhibit.

The program, at 2 p.m. in the lobby of the LRC, was open to the public. Burdette "Bud" Eagon, Amherst Junction, emeritus professor of education and former dean of UWSP's Academic Support Programs, served as master of ceremonies. The program included native singers belonging to the Wind Eagle Drum. During the ceremony a number of presentations were featured. James Frechette, Jr. presented "The Menominee" and "History, structure, and creation of the Menominee Clans." Helen Godfrey, former Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs, who was instrumental in developing the relationship between the University and the Menominee, spoke on "The Menominee and the University, " and Menominee Historian Dr. David R. Wrone presented "Growth of an idea: the Menominee Clans Project, a dynamic work in progress."

Members of the committee that coordinated the display include James F. Frechette Jr., his son Richard Frechette, historian Dr. David R. Wrone, Menominee descendant Mike Hoffman, and curator Ed Marks. Richard Frechette and Mike Hoffman also participated in the dedication presentations.

The following photos were taken during the Dedication Ceremony by UWSP News Services:

Jim Frechette at the podium
Bud Eagon, Mike Hoffmann, and Jim Frechette on the speaker's platform
Jim Frechette at the podium
Bud Eagon, Mike Hoffman, and Jim Frechette on the speaker's platform

 

The celebrants, from the second floor mezzanine overlooking the University Library's Lobby
Wind Eagle Drum, with Ed Marks and Mike Hoffmann in the background
The celebrants, from the second floor mezzanine overlooking the University Library's Lobby
Wind Eagle Drum, with Ed Marks and
Mike Hoffman in the background

 

Dedication visitors enjoying the new display. Helen Godfrey, former Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs, is in the right background, speaking with Richard Frechette, the son of James Frechette.

Dedication visitors enjoying the new display.  Helen Godfrey, former Assistant Chancellor for Student Affairs, is in the right background, speaking with Richard Frechette, the son of James Frechette.

Menominee Portrait Dedication &
Frechette Memorial

Dean Lance Grahn of the UWSP College of Letters and Science and the Menominee Clans Committee hosted a dedication and unveiling of eleven museum-quality portraits of Menominee painted in the 1830's.  Reproductions of George Catlin's paintings are the latest addition to the Menominee Clans Story.  Jim Frechette, Menominee artist, carved thirty Menominee clans figures that are now on permanent exhibit in the lobby of the Albertson Center for Learning Resources.  A memorial for Mr. Frechette was included in the program.

To read the speeches made at the dedication click on the links below:

The following speeches were made at Jim Frechette's wake and funeral in October of 2006:

Select an image below for the dedication image gallery: