American Board and Card Games - Online Exhibition

  • Rochester, Finger Lakes
  • Jun 15, 2020 – Jul 04, 2020
  • Recurring daily
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Native Americans played with early versions of gaming cards made from leaves and bark before the first European settlers brought their traditional games to the new world. Although some religious groups frowned on games of cards or dice that, to them, resembled gambling, new arrivals played Europe’s earliest recorded games—chess, checkers, backgammon, bowling, and card games. The Strong collects examples of all these forms, as well as every game type that followed them, in order to discover and document what the games can tell us about the people who played them and what cultural or historical themes they may represent.

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  • The Strong National Museum of Play
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