MCCC President Ken Swab thanks Brandon Brame Fortune, Chief Curator, and Wendy Wick Reaves, Senior Curator Emerita, of the National Portrait Gallery for providing a guided tour of the Gallery’s latest exhibition, “From Token to Ornament: Indian Peace Medals and the McKenney-Hall Portraits” to members of the MCCC and other Washington area numismatic clubs. The curators discussed how peace medals were given by the United States to chiefs or significant warriors of Native American tribes as tokens of friendship and the work of Thomas McKenney and James Hall in illustrating, writing and publishing the three-volume History of the Indian Tribes of North America† between 1838-44. The portraits and lithographs on display depict chiefs and other Native Americans wearing Indian Peace Medals.

National Portrait Gallery Chief Curator Brandon Brame Fortune (L), MCCC President Kenneth Swab (C), and Senior Curator Emerita Wendy Wick Reaves (R)

National Portrait Gallery Chief Curator Brandon Brame Fortune (L), MCCC President Kenneth Swab, and Senior Curator Emerita Wendy Wick Reaves

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