Carla with rabbit skinCarla Messinger
Program Presenter
Cultural Educator

Founder / Director of Native American Heritage Programs (2002-ongoing) As a descendant of the Lenape (Delaware) Indians, who were the first Carla in textbookinhabitants of eastern Pennsylvania, western New Jersey, and part of New York, she wished to present a true picture of early American Indian life, refuting stereotypes and developing an understanding of the Lenape peaceful, nature-centered lifestyle that could be of value to our competitive, ecologically-troubled modern society.  The mission is “to present, preserve, and perpetuate the history, lifeways, culture, and contributions of the Lenape and other Native American groups,” and as Director of Native American Heritage Programs she continues that commitment today. Speaker for Pennsylvania Humanities Council “Commonwealth Speakers Bureau”, (2004-2005) (2008-2009) (2010-2011) Author of the award winning children’s book When the Shadbush Blooms (Fall 2007).  Complete Count Census Committee 2009-2010.  Carla worked with the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum for their new exhibit room “Pennsylvania Indians: We Travel Their Paths” and presented programs for the opening exhibitions (2014).  Carla appears in both Macmillan/McGraw-Hill & Scott Foresman Pennsylvania textbooks. See below for previous work resume.  Had an interview with Chinese National Television on Native American plants (2015).

Allan talking 1Allan Messinger
Program Presenter

A highly knowledgeable docent, Allan, “Mr. History,” is a veteran educator with 32 years experience as a History / Foreign Language and English teacher in the Allentown School District.  He pioneered the Gifted Elementary Program and taught German to 4th Grade Gifted students for 20 years.  Speaker for Pennsylvania Humanities Council “Commonwealth Speakers Bureau”, (2004-2005) (2008-2009) (2010-2011) Complete Count Census Committee 2009-2010.  Consultant, Bloomsburg Children’s Museum (Spring – Fall 2014), providing expertise, items, resources, and programs for the Museum’s new Native People of Pennsylvania Room.  Had an interview with Chinese National Television on Native American plants (2015).

UNIVERSITY  WORK                                   

Reading Museum exhibit 1stone tools Reading Museum 2Kutztown University / Reading Museum Exhibit 2008

In 2008 Carla worked with Kutztown University for their exhibit on the Lenape People for the Reading Public Museum.

Presented customized lectures and programs at universities in the US and abroad:
Cedar Crest College
Kutztown University
Lehigh University Moravian College
Muhlenberg College
Temple University, PhiladelphiaTronheim Norway conference poster St Joseph’s University, Philadelphia
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Gottingen University, Germany
Glasgow University, Scotland
Trondheim University, Norway
Thiel College, Greenville Chatham University, Pittsburg
Keystone University
East Stroudsburg UniversityCertificate WP University
William Paterson University, delivered keynote address at William Patterson University COE Diversity Conference: Authentic Voices: The Native American Experience (2015).

See also Overseas and References links.

Carla in new regalia 1Carla’s Previous Work

Substitute teacher in Lehigh, Berks, Carbon, and Northampton Counties (1971-1982) Founder & Executive Director of the Lenni Lenape Historical Society and Museum of Indian Culture (1978-2002). Retired.

While under her full time volunteer leadership the Lenni Lenape Historical Society / Museum of Indian Culture evolved into an all-volunteer organization described in a 2000 assessment funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts as “a remarkable institution” that “offers rich and diverse programs, a host of activities, and resources for learning that reflect the best tradition of museum educational efforts.”

During her tenure as the sole administrator and primary educator at the Museum, she developed…
Regionally-unique educational and cultural programs, exhibits, and  events attended by 185,000 visitors.
High-impact hands-on, interactive educational experiences that helped over 32,000 school children meet PA Academic Standards for History and Arts/Humanities.
A Speakers’ Bureau presenting 150-175 offsite programs and/or exhibits annually at schools, libraries, other organizations, and at well-attended public events.
The Native Treasures outreach program featuring a series of traveling learning boxes that take Native American technology and the history, lifeways, arts and crafts, games, dolls, etc. of various Native American groups into schools.
The most comprehensive Native American-centered library / resource center in PA. Presented customized lectures and programs at universities in the US and abroad.
Authored articles for U.S. and European newspapers and magazines such as Instructor (U.S.) and The Turtle Islander (UK).
Been interviewed by National Public Radio, USA Today, and the BBC as well as local TV and radio stations.

Selected awards, honors and leadership training I have received include …
President’s Volunteer Action Award Citation (1985)
Jefferson Award from KYW-TV3 (1987)
Allentown Human Relations Commission Award (1989)
Smithsonian Institution Award for Museum Leadership (1 of 20 selected from a field of 200 for a two-week leadership training program in Washington, D. C.) (1991)
U.S. Department of the Interior scholarship to attend two-week program on location in Arizona on “Archeology and Ethnography Collections Care and Maintenance” (1 of 20 selected from a field of 500) (1991)
Smithsonian Institution scholarship to attend the one-week “Exhibits for Small Tribal Museums” workshop in Oklahoma (1994) Yakima Nation scholarships to attend the American Association of State & Local Historical Societies/Native American Initiative Conferences in Colorado (1997) and California (1998)
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts scholarship to attend Native American Arts Association Conference in California (1998)
National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference scholarship to attend workshops in Washington, DC (1999)
PA Federation of Museums and Historical Societies Conference scholarship in State College(2000)
Smithsonian Institution scholarship to attend the one-week workshop on “Exhibitions and Research: Story and Substance” in Washington, DC (2000)
National Museum of the American Indian scholarship to attend the one-week “Preservation and Collection Methods” workshop in California (2002)
“Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums: Preserving Our Languages, Memory and Lifeways” scholarship to attend conference in Arizona (2002)

Listing in …. International Leaders in Achievement, 1990, 1991, 1992 Editions and Who’s Who In International Women Leaders, 1990, 1991, 1992 Editions (International Biographical Center: London, England)
Reference Encyclopedia of the American Indian, 1990-1991, 1992-1993, 1994-1995, 2006-7 Editions (Todd Publications: Scottsdale, Arizona).
Resource for Newcastle on Tyne – Schools and Communities: The Enviro Schools Team 2001-2007 (Britain), with links and listed in school resource manual, page 12. The Enviro Schools Team 2009-20011 (Britain).