This centerpiece exhibition at the Bead Museum displays more than
original beads exemplifying the diversity of world cultures and
The Timeline spans 35 feet, mounted geographically in broad world
from prehistory to the present, and arranged chronologically in
sections that can be changed as new beads are acquired. A work in
beads are donated and placed on long term loan to the Museum; it
expanded as new gifts are received.
exhibit is supplemented by panels of relevant bead and world history
well as wall maps and the famous bead chart from Lois Sherr Dubin's
"History of Beads"
that highlight locations where beads originate and have been traded
The Timeline has been documented in a comprehensive catalogue that,
historical and geographical information, provides a rich resource
for the Museum's
other exhibits. We believe this is the first time such an extensive,
of world beads has been mounted with identifying information.
The Bead Timeline of History is the result of the collaborative
efforts of many dedicated
and talented individuals. Well known bead and jewelry historian
Jamey D. Allen is the
Guest Curator , and the associate curator is James Lankton, from
most of the earlier beads originate. Many other collectors have
contributed to this
landmark exhibit. Hilary Whittaker is the Timeline Coordinator.
the book: A BEAD TIMELINE: PREHISTORY TO THE PRESENT
Volume I: Prehistory to 1200 CE
note: requires Acrobat