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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

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Mariposa Museum brings "the world" to the Monadnock region and beyond. The ever-changing focus on different regions of the world provide a wonderful education to children and adults. The "hands-on" experience to the clothing, musical instruments, books, games, puzzles and displays from around the world greatly enhance children's school learning. The music, signing and dancing talent periodically brought to the Museum is wonderful!
The talent, skill, dedication and helpfulness that David Blair, Terry Reeves, Mose Olemik and the entire staff bring to the Mariposa Museum are a gift to so many in the community and beyond.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to the Mariposa Museum, and I had a GREAT experience!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been going to the Mariposa for what seems like forever. When I was in middle school, one of the required activities for all students was to do community service hours. I didn't want to do the "traditional" clean-up trash, help the elderly, etc... I wanted to do something different and out of the ordinary. So, I asked the Mariposa Museum if there was anything they needed help with, that I could volunteer for. The very next day I was in the Mariposa folding 100 paper cranes. It was a fun way to start off my experience. My volunteer duties soon changed from just folding paper cranes, to folding butterflies, teaching children a craft, helping around the museum, overall, just being a good volunteer. The Mariposa has helped me grow in more ways than one, and I see it change people. Watching how the children and adults go through the museum, and look at all of the beautiful wonders, it really can change a person.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an 80 year old former farm girl from Indiana and have somehow not had much time in my life to learn about other countries and cultures. Right here in my own town, I can see artifacts from hundreds of other cultures and attend programs that focus on customs, music, dancing and art. The Mariposa is the best.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known Mariposa Museum for many years now although I haven't visited it yet. We have received regular updates about the Museum through emails and through conversations with the directors so I am aware of some of the activities there. I am impressed with what Mariposa Museum is doing. As a teacher, I would have liked to have a first hand experience with the learning activities implemented in the museum. I am sure tha it is informative, interactive and fun. I believe that Mariposa Museum is a special museum which shares the culture of many nations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands-on museum in Peterborough NH encourages children and adults to explore and engage with the history of all cultures. Quarterly culture change keeps the content fresh and increases exposure to other peoples and their ways of life. Frequent events to stimulate young and old, from crafts for children through Native American drumming, musicians and storytelling from Ghana and around the world, to gourmet catering and Scottish Whiskey tasting. Exceptionally friendly people and a warm inviting space round out this unique world journey.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I seldom get to Peterborough, but when I go I'm always attracted to the Mariposa. Like any good museum it's totally absorbing, and unlike many museums there is a lot to touch and pick up. It's a small space put to very good use with top notch exhibits.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been into the Mariposa many many times, for the exhibits and for events. I have also helped out occasionally when large classes have come in. The Mariposa is a facinating place - I learn something new every single time I go there. I discover something new every time I go there. I could spend days wandering around the Mariposa and never be bored.

With globalization and technology shrinking the distances between our boarders I think it is ever more important to understand more about other cultures and develop an appreciation for different traditions, art forms and beliefs. The Mariposa is working to that end - educating and entertaining both young and old.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Mariposa Museum is an exceptional resource for the Monadnock area. It is a treasure to be explored and protected. More than 10 years ago my family got involved in the museum. Not only have we visited it and attended events there. Two of the more memorable were the Gamelan Orchestra and the Tibetan Buddhist Sand Painting. We got to play Indonesian musical instruments as part of the orchestra. My son and wife visited each day to watch the progression of the sand painting. They also talked with and ate with the monks. We have also created and hosted events there. These include A Christmas Wassail, New Year's meditations, and singalongs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Mariposa Museum is an amazing window on the world. Not only are there fixed exhibits of artifacts from around the globe, but there are special changing exhibits that spotlight different regions of our world. Usually there are talks, presentations, and musical and dance performances in conjunction with these. In the past I have watched Buddhist monks crafting a sand mandala, I have listened to African drummers, heard an Irish pipe ensemble, and marveled at the performers in an Argentine Tango demonstration.

A retired educator, I appreciate the opportunities the Mariposa has given me to continue to learn and to continue to give to my community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

When you live in a community is small as Peterborough New Hampshire (6000 or so souls) it is easy to lose sight of the rest of the world.. Mariposa Museum fills an important gap for local residents by putting them in touch with the larger world. This is particularly significant for young people growing up in Peterborough. Through programs and exhibits at the Mariposa young people come to an early understanding that the world is much larger than the world they grew up in. Not only are they exposed to the immense size of the world but they come in direct contact with many of the cultures that make up the world. Through performance and artifacts the Mariposa serves as a doorway to the world that would not otherwise be available to people. As a result of such exposure Mariposa is making an important and serious contribution to people’s understanding of how the wider world is different from their own. This understanding causes people to be more tolerant and accepting of the great variety of cultures throughout the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My association with the Mariposa Museum came about through an article in the local paper requesting volunteers. I had just recently moved to Peterborough and did not know many people. The fact that they were looking for someone to help with the textiles, as well as bake for receptions, etc. seemed "right up my alley" and selfishly I felt it would be a way to become acquainted with more people. I feel the Mariposa has given me more than I have given them in that the knowledge and pride that staff, board members, and volunteers are constantly passing along to all who enter is invaluable. I am example of never too old to learn and in the past four years as a volunteer my world has been broadened.

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Augusta T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This museum is a total gem! It's collections are unique, thoughtful, and deeply enriching. The Mariposa caters simultaneously to adults and children, and its interactive nature distinguishes it from the majority of museums in the Monadnock Region. For inspiring events, check the website, as they are frequent and consistently fabulous!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Remarkable small museum relating to cultures of the world. Located in downtown Peterborough in south-central New Hampshire. Unique in northern New England. Regularly focuses on different regions of the world with performances, lectures and exhibits. current focus is the Mediterranean. Appeals to young and old - school groups and families regularly visit. Uses print and electronic media to project its content.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Mariposa is vibrant regional treasure as a lively museum with an active program schedule to keep bringing in people in the community and beyond. Not enough can be said about the rich collections of treasures from around the world with plenty of opportunity to interact, having a visual and tactile feast or making a ruckus or quiet tune. The museum has always been very proactive about keeping in the eye of the community with rotating gallery exhibits and performances.

In a addition to being a lovely space of wood and glass and interesting architectural lines to contrast with the rich colorful displays, the space transforms into an inspiring performance venue for anything from storytelling to lectures to music from around the world, mostly presented simply without needing any amplification. The space has a lovely acoustic and a natural performance backdrop, honoring a previous use of the building as a marionette opera stage. The museum has been able to host anything from fabulous multicultural performers, who would never happen to appear in this rural area, to local performers who have had an opportunity to hone a new set, group, story or whatever. One example is the master talesman, Sebastian Lockwood, who has developed many tales of around the world and ages with a wonderful, inspiring venue to share his tales freshly crafted. I have had the opportunity to present medieval and renaissance vocal harmonies from around the world as I studied them in a group called Halcyon, a favorite place to gather audience and perform.

There is untold wealth of cultural opportunity that the museum provides to the local school children, the community and the region with its rich offerings. The Mariposa helps to put the little town of Peterborough, New Hampshire on the map as a place to expect the unusual and intellectually broadening. From the ashes of a tragic fire has grown an amazing gem.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The Mariposa Museum is a great asset to the community --The staff is always friendly, the folk art exhibits entertaining and informative and the performances are terrific. There's a lot of energy about. My family and I family always enjoy our visit.

Max Sewell

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mariposa Museum is a window on the world, curated with care, a unique resource for residents of the Monadnock region. In truth, we may believe that it "belongs" to us in southwestern New Hampshire, but its influence is felt well beyond our neighborhood into neighboring states. I am individual with roots in the Republic of the Philippines. Mariposa became the best choice for gifting a number of artifacts from the Maranao region of Mindanao because I was confident that, with Mariposa and the Blairs, their story would continue to be told with sensitivity and wonder. I'm grateful for educational work of Mariposa Museum.

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