In Memory of Charles “Bud” Thompson
1922 – 2021

On August 12, 2021 we lost our beloved founder…

By now you have heard the news of the passing of Charles “Bud” Thompson, founder of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, at 99 years of age. From the time he was a young boy, Bud cultivated a love for all things Native American. At the age of 70, he turned his passion into the Mt Kearsarge Indian Museum, with his extensive personal collection of Native artifacts serving as the foundation for this award-winning museum. Through his leadership, the museum has grown and thrived over the past thirty years.
Bud’s contributions were not limited to the museum; he was also instrumental in preserving the Canterbury Shaker Village, and received numerous awards and commendations for his contributions to preserving New Hampshire’s heritage, culture, and history.
Bud’s energy and ideas for the museum will be sorely missed, and we extend our sincerest condolences to his wife, family, and the many people whose lives were touched by him. We are honored to be the stewards of his vision and his legacy, and will do everything in our power to safeguard this legacy for the generations to come.

Read Bud Thompson’s obituary here.

Memorial Service – Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021
Bud is survived by his wife Nancy. Immediately upon their retirement in 1990, Bud and Nancy purchased property in Warner, NH, upon which to establish the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum, which they owned and ran for many years. To insure its continuance beyond their deaths, Bud and Nancy donated their collection of artifacts and transitioned the ownership to MKIM. Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is today visited annually by thousands of adults and children and, through its tours programs, and special events, is dedicated to increasing public knowledge of Native American philosophy, art, and traditions, and to widening awareness of the Native Americans’ understanding of the natural world, resource conservation practices, and respectful land stewardship.

A public memorial service for Bud will be held at Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum property on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances in Bud’s honor be given to Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum.

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Thank You, Bud Thompson, for your vision, passion, and dedication!

We’ll miss you, Bud, but we are thankful for the time we had with you, all the stories and visits and phone calls over the years, and especially your energy and enthusiasm. The staff of Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will work hard to preserve the mission of the museum and, in so doing, think of our founder often.

Please check our website regularly as we add programs, workshops, and events.

MKIM Events


Our 2021 Season Continues…

Our Opening Hours

Our hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm, Sundays noon to 4 pm, through October 31st.

Check out the amazing beading display in the lobby and auditorium through the end of October.

Stay tuned for news on November hours. We also will be open by appointment in the winter months.

Thank you for the many ways in which you support the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum!