Do you have any information on the old museum on Quinsippi Island?

This August 1971 file photo shows the Quincy Museum of the American Indian building on Quinsippi Island. The museum, which started in Indian Mounds Park, moved into the Newcomb-Stillwell Mansion in 1980. The former museum building is now used for storage. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 11, 2017 6:15 pm

Do you have any information on the old Indian museum that sits on Quinsippi Island? It's a storage building now, but I always wondered what it looked like in its prime.

Checking our archives, we didn't come across any interior shots of the Quincy Museum of the American Indian that now serves as a storage building on Quinsippi Island.

Originally called the Erroke Indian Artifact Museum, it opened in 1962 near the Fifth Street entrance of Indian Mounds Park, displaying artifacts from the Woodland and other prehistoric cultures.

In a September 2011 article by Deborah Gertz Husar, it was noted that the museum was spearheaded by Quincy dentist Jim Reed, "an amateur archaeologist with a keen interest in Native American culture."

In 1971, the museum moved into a new $43,000 building on Quinsippi Island and offered displays of artifacts, minerals and natural history. It was just west of the Little Q Railroad turntable and Sky Cruise amusement ride on the southern tip of the island.

The museum's board looked for a more centrally located site in 1980 and leased the historic Newcomb-Stillwell Mansion at 1601 Maine before buying it in June 1981. Known today as the Quincy Museum, it displays Native American artifacts, including some from the earlier museums.

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