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Causes: Art Museums, Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Performing Arts

Mission: The mariposa museum and world culture center fosters peace, global awareness, and understanding across cultural boundaries through compelling exhibits, performances and programs, and educational partnerships that reach people of all ages across nh and the greater new england area.

Programs: The mariposa museum and world culture center fosters peace, global awareness, and understanding across cultural boundaries through compelling exhibits, performances and programs, and educational partnerships that reach people of all ages across nh and the greater new england area.

Community Stories

204 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

To have a place that gives individuals the opportunity to learn about other cultures and subjects that cover many fields of knowledge is wonderful. Keep doing it! :)

Previous Stories

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I began my journey with the Mariposa museum, before it even was a museum, working with Joseph's Coat and the co-founder of the Mariposa museum, Linda Marsella. While my parents raised me with cultures from all over the world, Linda created a very special place with Joseph's Coat & the Mariposa Museum by bringing the cultures of the world to everyone else right here in the wonderful little town of Peterborough, NH. Every time I have visited with my family I am amazed and taken into a world of inspiring passion to show all cultures being together artistically, creatively, displaying great feelings of fun, joy, learning and peace. It is a great place for anyone to explore themselves and the world of people & their cultures around them. Mitakuye Oyasin. - Jessica Kaiser

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Paul234

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dear Board and Staff:

I am writing to thank you for your time, hospitality, and generosity when my wife and I visited your museum recently. It was certainly the highlight of our trip, which included several days in Boston and a number of visits to institutions and sites in the southern New Hampshire area.

As someone who has worked in the arts and cultural field for more than forty years and travelled a great deal, I have visited countless museums and art galleries in North America and other parts of the world. I must say that I think your museum is one of the finest I have seen. While it is not large, it is inspirational and transformative in every respect.

From the moment I set foot in your museum until the moment I left, I felt revitalized, captivated, and at home. As founder and Director of the World Culture Project - which is devoted to broadening and deepening understanding of culture and cultures throughout the world and was officially declared a World Decade of Cultural Development activity by the United Nations and UNESCO in 1989 - I was especially taken by the ability of your museum to convey so much information of vital importance about the character and value of the many diverse cultures of the world. This was achieved through attractively-displayed exhibits and creatively-presented art objects and artifacts.

An added bonus was the pleasure of seeing so many children in the museum enjoying musical instruments from the various cultures of the world and listening to well-told stories from around the world. It is always wonderful to see a museum that provides exhibitions of the highest quality and variety, as well as 'hands-on opportunities' for visitors. But when these visitors are children, especially during the middle of summer, one knows that the museum is more than fulfilling the mandate and purpose that were established for it.

I believe your museum deserves a great deal of private and public support. It is the kind of museum that should exist in every community as a result of its ability to inform and excite as well as enrich and illuminate. It should be expanded well beyond the present physical premises in my view, largely through the creation of many more outreach programs, travelling exhibitions, and website activities that can reach many more people. Hopefully, governments, corporations, and foundations will respond generously to this necessity. You have a great deal to contribute, and much to create that would be of inestimable value to Peterborough, the United States, and the world at large.

With my very best wishes for every success in your future endeavors. Please don't hesitate to give my name, email address, or telephone number to people who want to talk about a museum that 'has got it right,' and deserves a great deal more financial assistance and developmental support in the years and decades ahead.

With my very best wishes and warmest regards.

D. Paul Schafer,
Director
World Culture Project
(www3.sympatico.ca/dpaulschafer)
19 Sir Gawaine Place,
Markham, Ontario
L3P 3A1
Email: dpaulschafer@sympatico.ca
Telephone: 905-471-1342

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Last year I was fortunate to be able to pay a visit to the Mariposa Museum and participate in some of its wonderful activities. As part of a series on Peoples of the North, I was introduced to traditional Scottish songs sung while “waulking” (softening and cleansing) wool, and enjoyed a folk dancing session in which I used muscles and other body parts I hadn’t exercised for a while. These programs as well as meandering through the interesting exhibits gave me a sense of connection with those who live in other countries and the diverse communities to which they belong.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am attracted to this special spot in town on any rainy, cold and windy, or sweltering day for it's entertainment and break from the every day life. There is always something new to learn, see and touch. There is always something here for every age. It is an asset to this community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

i usually work in the mariposa on saturdays. frequently children bring their parents in because they've enjoyed their experience in the 'please
touch' museum. visitors to town who 'happen' upon us are very impressed to find such a special place for themselves, for their children and grandchildren.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mother founded the Mariposa Museum as a way to promote world peace, on the principle that educating children about other cultures is the best insurance for a peaceful future. A child who has dressed in a Vietnamese costume, played an African drum or become fascinated by an Indian puppet will feel a sense of connection whenever he or she hears about these places. More importantly, such children will always see the people of these countries as human beings like themselves -- and dehumanization of one's "enemy" is a prerequisite of warfare. What better way, then, to promote global citizenship, volunteerism and a respect for the many cultures that share our world, than by giving children this wonderful place to learn and play? Not everyone can afford the luxury of foreign travel -- but a visit to the Mariposa is the next best thing.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The Mariposa is a treasure trove of cultural knowledge and a really wonderful resource to the community. I have been impressed with all of the wonderful events they put on, and wish I could visit more often!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended several events at the Mariposa Museum such as: People Power - the overthrow of Marcos in the Philippines; Philippine Dance and Music; and Iskwelahang Pilipino Rondalla Ensemble.
The Museum provided me with a great opportunity to: relive the past, exchanged views with the other audience and participants, enjoy Filipino native foods; gave me an excellent atmosphere of connection/ or reconnection to my past, present and future. The place and the events, were very enriching, informative and original. Above all it gave me a high sense of pride specially in overthrowing a dictator through a peaceful means "People Power." And Filipinos are special and beautiful.... The people are very welcoming, organized, and mission oriented. I am delighted that with Mariposa's contiuned existence, my family and I can always come back to attend any events lined up for showing. I would invite my friends to come and visit Mariposa Museum - great place, events and performance.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a delightful place to find in such a quaint New England town! It was an honor for our dance group to be invited by David Blair & Lina Hervas of the Mariposa Museum. It offered us a chance to share our culture through dance, music and costumes to a very appreciative community. Likewise, it was a learning experience for our members most especially our young dancers. They truly appreciated what they learned from the exhibits and delighted at how the museum offered so many 'hand's on' exhibits. I've told friends to go visit the museum whenever they're up in NH.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having grown up in the Philippines (Quezon City and Isabela in particular), stepping into Mariposa Museum is like stepping into the wonderful childhood I had left behind!

My family (husband and three children) and I came to the Mariposa Museum the evening that they had the celebration of the People Power Revolution. I was in college when People Power happened. It brought back many vivid memories. My anticipation was that of a formal and serious event. But the museum itself was very refreshing. The lay out as well as the items on exhibit catered to my inner child. Our own children were thrilled to see some of the items that they had seen in Manila as well as things that they learn about at Boston's Iskwelahang Pilipino.

The reception immediately after the People Power presentation was very up close and personal. Truly a global experience with everyone sharing thoughts and ideas. The Filipino food of course, was sumptuous!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The light of the Mariposa Museum shines brightly in the northern New England town of Peterborough. A very special place for the town and surrounding communities, it offers not only a hands-on-cultural experience for children and adults, but also a beautiful and intimate performance space for dance and music. Through the Mariposa’s collections, special exhibits and events, people are truly exposed to the wonderful diversity of the world. Information about the many scheduled activities and events at the Museum are easily accessible on its up-to-date and very navigable website. The Museum is a true asset to rural New England.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Mariposa Museum offers exposure to world cultures for children and adults alike in an intimate and fun way. Live performances and unique exhibits bring education and entertainment to a rural community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We were impressed by the international flavor of Mariposa Museum when we visited. It is similar in some respects to the high caliber of the Dumbarton Oaks Museum in Washington DC.
It has information for all age groups.
It is handicap accessible.

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Peter H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have visited the museum on numerous organizations and have been blown away by the breadth and depth of the collections. Furthermore, the museum make the collections come alive by delivering programs that draw on each of the exhibits.
After every visit we walk out of the museum having learned something new.

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Eric M.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I recently attended the Mariposa for a story-telling evening. It was both metaphorically and literally a warm hour out of the winter cold, listening to Dylan Thomas' Christmas story in Wales, followed by warm cider and cookies. Regardless of event, perhaps the most appealing thing about the Mariposa is the warmth provided by the physical nature of the building. Upon entering, one is surrounded by the pleasing tones, colors, and textures of the myriad cultural artefacts and objects on display. And the staff are uncommonly warm.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mariposa Museum is a haven where one gets to learn something about different countries and their unique culture. It's a one-stop museum that has cultural history from all over the world. As the name implies --- MARIPOSA --- which means "butterfly" --- the museum is in itself a symbol of a beautiful transformation...and that's what one will feel and experience upon visiting the place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is very pleasant to see a museum that portrays the culture diversity of a sister nation. This is a much needed topic to those that fought along the sides of the American people during world war 2 after December 7th. Very happy to see the credit given to our sister nation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff at the Mariposa are committed, passionate, imaginative and informed. I have worked as a volunteer on one program and attended many others -- each time impressed with the quality of information presented, enthusiasm of volunteers, and number of people attending the events. The Mariposa brings the world and a diversity of cultures to an otherwise very homogenous region and provides a very important educational and enjoyable sevice.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It provides a unique venue of genuine concern to preserve not only the cultures of people around the world, but most all as expression of continuing passion for life and, living to be fully human, fully alive. Likewise, it reflects an embodiment of really creative and magnificent educators not only as teachers of artifacts and rare collections but most of all, of life and experience having enjoyed opportunity to share to others such valuable memories.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Though I have not visited Mariposa Museum personally but I know for a fact that the museum does not only display artifacts from countries all over the world but it opens to varied activites like art exhibits of artists from other countries( recently from the Philippines), folk dances from other countries and other cultural presentations. These I know as I receive brochures of activities at Mariposa Museum through the mail. These rich cultural activities can help educate the people visiting the museum

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