About the Museum
Colgate's own collections of archaeological artifacts are the foundation of the museum. The collections are strongest in Northeastern archaeological materials as well as pre-Columbian sculpture of Mexico and the Andes. The Longyear Museum typically mounts four or more exhibitions each academic year.
The exhibitions draw upon the Longyear's own collections, as well as loans from museum, gallery, and private collections. The exhibition program aims to demonstrate the rich artistic heritage of indigenous peoples past and present; show that indigenous peoples exist today and continue to produce objects of beauty; and showcase contemporary art produced within non-European cultures.
On a regular basis, the Longyear attempts to exhibit the traditional and contemporary arts of the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois people who are indigenous to this area.
Nicole Kroeger '14 made this video
about the history of the Longyear as part of a class project. (Please note: the human remains depicted in the archival images included in this video are either casts or have been reported to federally recognized Native American tribes under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Some of these human remains have been repatriated to tribes.)
Opportunities for Students
Colgate students can be involved in Longyear Museum activities in various ways. They can engage in research on the collections, assist in mounting exhibitions, co-curate an exhibition as an intern, or help to develop programming in connection with an exhibition. Several work-study students also assist with office work, gallery preparation, and other tasks. If you are interested in exploring any of these opportunities and are currently enrolled at Colgate as a student, please call museum curator, Carol Ann Lorenz
, at 315-228-7184.