Sachem's House Classroom
The Adelphena Logan Education Room is an indoor re-creation of an Algonkian Sachem's (Chief's) House, containing both original and replicated artifacts as well as a mural depicting daily life for Algonkian peoples prior to the arrival of Europeans. For IAIS, Adelphena "Del" Logan was a guiding light and spirit, who nurtured its earliest beginnings through its building and to its early years of operation. Whenever the Institute needed her expert wisdom and support Del was always present in person and in spirit. She often taught at the Institute and donated many of her most precious belongings to its collections. Del passed away on July 31, 1978 and the Sachem's House Classroom is dedicated to her memory.
For the Algonkian peoples, the long house was the home of the leader (chief, sachem, sagamore) and his family. In the democratic Algonkian culture, this large space was needed for people to meet together to discuss important issues such as war or relocation. This structure was also used for entertaining guests from other villages. The largest "longhouses" used in Connecticut were approximately 30 feet long, as compared to the Iroquois longhouses of Western New York, which were often 150 feet long.
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