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February 24, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011

As I have worked with Mariposa, I begin to see its wide impact on
a broad spectrum of people of all ages in this area. programs and
exhibits for many interests from crafts, to music, to the culture and histories of parts of the world that an individual either has not had a
chance to
visit, or whose interest has been awakened for further
investigation. I recently had a chance to attend a program about the Hmung people of SE Asia. References to the Hmung had always
piqued my curiosity and now I have a connection with the community in
Fitchburg, MA. I recently spent two days with my 8 yr. old granddaughter
doing all the hands-on activities for kids.

The Great!

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Opening us the local community to me through its activities and programs.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add additional space

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

I have been involved with the Mariposa for over three years, first as an attendee, later as a volunteer, and finally as a board member. I still feel a thrill each time I walk through the door, as if I'm walking into another magical world. During my involvement, I have seen the Mariposa grow and expand in its appeal to the community, reaching out to seniors, expanding its involvement with education and children, and providing superb entertainment in an intimate, inclusive space.

When I meet people with children, I recommend it as a place where kids can directly experience different cultures through play. For adults, it is a place to travel the world and learn about how we are all so different, yet all so alike. For many others especially our senior members, the Mariposa provides a place to travel in time to places they have lived and people, sometimes family members they have known.

It is astounding that a place of this caliber, offering experiences that it does survives and thrives in such a small town in such a sparsely populated community. It brings to the community a great richness and depth that is not normally found outside of major cities.

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through friends who have experienced the various programs.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work to further increase community involvement in the museum. There has been a lot of work along these lines already, but it needs to continue until people in the Monadnock region think with pride of the Mariposa as THEIR personal museum.

February 17, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 17, 2011

I discovered and became involved with Mariposa during 2010. Its mission of "bringing the world to New England" is critically important to all of us. Our country is changing; it is becoming much more diverse and all of us need to fully understand and appreciate this diversity.

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By attending and talking with event participants, I have come to better understand the impact that Mariposa's events have on a wide range of people.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase awareness of Mariposa through central New England and beyond.

February 16, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 16, 2011

I have visited the museum with my students of Free Tibet in the past and
always come away amazed by the postivie moments we have. The rich cultural aspects as well as hands on experiences are a joy to witness.

As a volunteer at a elementary school, any visit to the museum with these
students was always a rich and meaningful one. the hands on aspects and welcoming atmosphere was a joy to behold. what a gift.

Joan C. O'Donnell

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Students for a free Tibet created learning experiences for Temple Elementary School Students.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep it open five days a week even in the winter

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

Mariposa is a charming place. From its light and inviting building, to its changing exhibits, to the generosity of making the space available for a variety of performers, it plays a very valuable role in indtroducing small-town kids and grownups to a larger world. The quality of the folk art displayed is outstanding, and when augmented by special things loaned for exhibits, gives a literally tangible appreciation for other cultures.

For unlike most other museums, Mariposa encourages children to feel, touch, experience, bringing cultures to life.

Finally, the way the museum is developing exhibits with local ethnic groups builds links among generations. preserving and passing along a rich cultural heritage.

They do good work.

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Participating in its activities.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Tell many more people about it!

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

Looking for a place to transport you to the country of your choice?
Walk through the door of the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough, NH.
Its exhibits will enthrall and beguile. Its performances will entrance you. Its gift shop will tantalize.
Try on a burqa, kilt or kimono. Play a
gamelan, bata or harp.
View textiles, artifacts, dolls and so much more.
You will leave enriched and renewed.
You will have traveled without need of passport or ticket.
Its a place for all ages to explore, to discover, to touch treasures and trinkets from around the world.
Its a world class gem offering a world view, in a small town, in a small state.

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I have seen students from kindergarten through college, young adults to seniors marvel at the artistry of those from many traditions.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find the funds to build an annex or addition with a larger performance space.

February 13, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 13, 2011

When we moved to New Hampshire five years ago, my family and I were delighted to discover the Mariposa Museum through the free programs offered to the community during First Fridays. As a folklorist, I am astounded by the range of artifacts, performances, programs, and please touch policy of the museum. We are now members of the museum and have enjoyed the Mariposa's creative approach to education--from watching monks working on a sand mandala to exploring the taste and history of various foods. Truly, the Mariposa brings the world to New England's doorstep.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visits with my family and in observing the ways in which teachers utilize the museum and its resources.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to raise funds to increase the Museum's capacity to serve the community.

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

Having lived in Europe for decades and experienced the advantages kids there have from their contact with other languages and culture, I was thrilled when a group of idealist country folk launched the Mariposa, opening up the whole world of cultures, colors to the kids in our region, who wouldn't otherwise have a chance to see, touch and participate in these riches. I have since seen the museum transfer not just information and experience (to all ages) but generate and excitement, a curiosity and, most importantly, a tolerance for the world outside New England. The staff and volunteers are fabulously creative and welcoming and magical things happen at the Mariposa.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

planning and participating in events, observing school classes experiencing the curriculae that we have developed together with local schools, through outreach to the community and fund-raising

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to find more funding, without which the best and most creative work cannot be accomplished

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through my father's work with Cambodian refugees

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Since the programs and regionally focused exhibits have been developed, we must continue to work primarily on fund-raising and a regionally expanded community outreach. We must also work on archiving of artifacts.

What is its top priority in the long run?

we hope to become a securely endowed museum of, for and by the people of the community to bring the world to our doorstep and promote tolerance for other cultures

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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