Hours of Operation 
Wed-Sat, 9 am-5 pm, 
last admission at 4 pm.

Summer Hours
June 22–Aug. 31, 2014:
Wed.–Sun., 9 am–5 pm

Research &
Children's Libraries
Wed-Sat, 1-5 pm

Archives
by appointment

The Trading Post
Wed-Sat, 9 am-5 pm

November Hours
Mon-Sat, 9 am-5 pm,
last admission at 4 pm.

Calendar of Events

April Events

Saturday, Apr. 5, 1-5 pm
Beading Circle

Candyce Testa (Pequot) leads the beading circle. Basic supplies are provided or bring your own. Limited to 15, ages 11 and older. $25/$15 Museum members. Register by Apr. 4: (800) 411-9671 or email rsvp@pequotmuseum.org


Saturday, Apr. 5, 2-4 pm
Roger Williams’ Mystery Code – Cracked!

Brown University history professor Linford D. Fisher discusses the handwritten code found in a 17th c. book believed to be the work of Roger Williams, the theologian and founder of Rhode Island, and how the code was cracked by an team of undergraduates. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.


Wednesday, Apr. 9-Friday, Apr. 25, 9 am-5 pm
Cat-Fish Catamaran

Cat-Fish, created by David Murphy, is a 15-foot-long, 8.5-foot-wide, 26-foot-high catamaran built from re-purposed oil drums -- on display for Earth Day and April vacation week. Cat-Fish is one of two prototypes that have been tested and proven seaworthy. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.


Friday, Apr. 11, 6:30-9:30 pm
Chef Bun Lai: Mad Scientist of Sustainable Sushi Movement

Members Only. Chef Bun Lai, chef/owner of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven, talks about healthy eating and ecological conservation, and cooks up some delicious food for members. Sponsored by Comcast Spotlight. FREE! Limited to 75 Museum members, ages 16 and older. Register by Mar. 28: (800) 411-9671 or email membership@pequotmuseum.org


Saturday, Apr. 12, 10 am-4 pm
Soapstone Carving Workshop

Learn how to work with a small piece of soapstone in this workshop led by Seneca/Cayuga sculptor Tom Huff. Soapstone and carving tools are provided. Bring your own lunch or eat in the restaurant. $55/$45 Museum members. Limited to 15 adults. Register by Apr. 2: (800) 411-9671 or email rsvp@pequotmuseum.org.


Saturdays, Apr. 12 & May 17, 1-2 pm
Bugs Alive! Harris in Wonderland

Adam Harris talks about unique features of insects that make them perfectly adapted to survival in their environments. Meet interesting spiders, centipedes, millipedes, scorpions, cockroaches, giant stick insects, and other bugs face to face. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.


Monday-Saturday, Apr. 14-19, 9 am-5 pm
Spring Vacation Week at the Museum

Extended days! Find yourself among giant animatronic bugs in Backyard Monsters in the Mashantucket Gallery. On Friday, Apr. 18, be inspired to create your own buggy monster, 12-3 pm, with our help. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.


Monday & Wednesday, Apr. 14 & 16, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Wingmasters

Wildlife rehabilitators Julia Collier (Chickasaw/Creek) and Jim Parks bring six rescued birds of prey, including an eagle. Find out about bird flight and feathers, where they live, and what they eat. Learn what to do with an injured bird. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.


Wednesday-Saturday, Apr. 23-26, 11 am-3 pm
Earth Week at the Museum

Celebrate with presentations, films, and informational materials. Watch continuous films about the natural world, add to our Protect the Earth mural, bring in artwork you made from recycled materials, or make some during your visit at the art table. Visit the giant robotic bug exhibit, Backyard Monsters: the World of Insect. All Earth Week events are free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.


Wednesday, Apr. 23, 11:30 am
Finding & Eating Wild Plants

Russ Cohen, Rivers Advocate for Massachusetts and author of Wild Plants I Have Known and Eaten, discusses the foods of spring. At 1 pm, he talks about finding and preparing summer and fall foods. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.


Friday, Apr. 25, 11-11:45 am
It’s a Bug’s Life

This Beardsley Zoo Wild Assembly program provides an interactive learning experience for all ages. Meet rare and diverse species living in Connecticut and around the globe. Tiny arthropods become giants as they are magnified and projected onto the big screen. Visit the Backyard Monsters exhibit before or after the program to learn more about the amazing world of bugs. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.


Saturday, Apr. 26, 10 am-noon
Friends of Preservation Society

Open to Museum members at the Contributing Level or higher. The Society offers a unique opportunity to support the care and conservation of treasures from MPMRC’s artifact and archives collections. Meet the Museum’s curatorial, conservation, and archives staff; visit the collections areas and conservation laboratories; and learn about the preservation projects. Enjoy lunch with Museum staff after this initial meeting. Limited to 15 Museum members, ages 16 and older. Register by Apr. 12: (800) 411-9671 or email membership@pequotmuseum.org.

May Events

Saturday, May 3, 1-5 pm
Beading Circle

Join Candyce Testa (Pequot) to bead the hours away. Basic supplies are provided or bring your own. We take inspiration from each other, so bring your completed projects for us to admire while we work. Limited to 15, ages 11 and older. $25/$15 Museum members. Register by May 2: (800) 411-9671 or email rsvp@pequotmuseum.org


Saturday, May 3, 3-5 pm
Bugs & Suds: Saving the World with Insects & Beer

America’s leading insect eater, Dave Gracer, talks about the consumption of insects as food. Do insects taste better washed down with beer? The beer masters of Grey Sail Brewery from Westerly, RI, provide samples of a variety of Grey Sail’s suds. Buy some brew to take home. Limited to 70. $10/free to Museum members. RSVP by Apr. 26: (800) 411-9671 or email rsvp@pequotmuseum.org.


Saturday, May 10, 11 am-3 pm
Mother’s Day Photo Frames

Join our educators in the Gathering Space to make a Mother’s Day picture frame. Kids of all ages enjoy creating a homemade work of art for their loved ones. Put a photo of yourself posed in front of our dugout canoes in your frame. $5/free to Museum members.


Saturday, May 17, 9 am-5 pm
Ribbon Shirt Workshop

Join Willow Colebut (Mashantucket Pequot) for a ribbon-shirt-making workshop. Ribbon shirts are worn by contemporary Native Americans as part of the regalia worn for powwows. Participants must be experienced sewers and bring their own sewing machines. Patterns are provided as is the list of materials for participants to purchase. $30/$20 Museum members, payment required at registration. Limited to 12, ages 12 and older. Register by May 10: (800) 411-9671 or email rsvp@pequotmuseum.org.


Saturday, May 17, 1-2 pm
Bugs Alive! Harris in Wonderland

Adam Harris talks about unique features of insects that make them perfectly adapted to survival in their environments. Meet interesting spiders, centipedes, millipedes, scorpions, cockroaches, giant stick insects, and other bugs face to face. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.

June Events

Saturday, June 7, 1-2 pm
Meet the Authors: Julie Fisher & David Silverman

Julie Fisher and David Silverman discuss and sign copies of their new book, Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts: Diplomacy, War, and the Balance of Power in Seventeenth-Century New England and Indian Country. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.

Saturday, June 14, 11 am-4 pm
Taste of Indian Country on CT Open House Day

Come to our first Taste of Indian Country on Connecticut Open House Day. Try smoked salmon, wild rice, corn bread, blueberry slump, sassafras tea, and more Native foods cooked by local Native chefs. Listen to music and relax in the beer tent. Tasting tickets are $2 each; buy $10 worth and get $5 off your next Museum visit. Rain or shine. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.

Friday-Sunday, June 20-22, 9 am-5 pm
Cultural Survival Bazaar

A combination of marketplace and theater, this bazaar features indigenous artists from around the world selling fair-trade products including traditional and contemporary crafts, artwork, clothing, jewelry, carpets, and accessories. See live performances by Yarina and Sidy Maiga & the Afrimanding and storytelling by Leonard Four Hawks. Admission to the Bazaar is free; a portion of the proceeds goes toward supporting indigenous cultures around the globe. For information about Cultural Survival’s mission, visit culturalsurvival.org.

Sundays, June 22-Aug. 31, 11 am- 2 pm
Sundaes on Sundays

Join us for Sunday ice cream socials all summer long. Make your own sundae complete with all the fixings. Enjoy eating your creations on the green-roof terrace just outside the Gathering Space. $5 non-members, $2.50 Museum members.

Saturday, June 28-Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 am-5 pm
The Bison: American Icon

This exhibit explores the dramatic changes that occurred to bison and its habitat, and to the people who depended on it for their daily existence. The Bison features Plains Indian objects, contemporary Native art, popular culture items, small models and sculptures, natural history materials, and vivid images. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members. 

This exhibition was organized by the C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, MT and has been made possible through NEH on the Road. 


Saturday, June 28, 11:30 am-1 pm
Bison: The Original Health Food

Bison meat has fewer calories and less cholesterol than beef or chicken. Discover how bison meat can be prepared and served. The tasting features buffalo bruschetta, southwest bison chili, BBQ buffalo sliders, bison-stuffed mushrooms, buffalo tenderloin kabobs, and bison stew. $30 non-members, $20 Museum members. Children under 6 free. Register by June 20: (800) 411-9671 or email rsvp@pequotmuseum.org.

Saturday, June 28, 1-2 pm
Tiokasin Ghosthorse: The Bison in Lakota Culture

Radio journalist Tiokasin Ghosthorse talks about the significance of bison to Lakota culture. From the Cheyenne River Lakota (Sioux) Nation of South Dakota and the bands of Itazipco/Mnicoujou and Oglala, he also performs a music piece relating the bison to Lakota cultural tradition. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members. 

This program is made possible through a National Endowment for the Humanities Programming Grant in support of NEH On the Road.


Saturday, June 28, 11 am-3 pm
“Hide” Painting

Visit the craft table in the Gathering Space to learn about the hide paintings traditionally made by the Plains Native people; make a painting of your own for $5.

Saturday, June 28, 1-3 pm
The Bison Challenge

Join us for an outdoor activity that tests your speed, strength, and senses against the performance of a bison. See how you measure up. On the Farmstead. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members. Rain date is Sunday, June 29.

Saturdays, June 28, July 19, & Aug. 2, noon-5 pm
Beading Circle

Join Candyce Testa (Pequot) on June 28 to bead a necklace & earring set. Make a beaded bracelet on July 19, and on Aug. 2, create a beaded barrette or pin. Materials are provided. $25 non-members, $15 Museum members, due at registration. Register by the Wednesday prior: (800) 411-9671 or rsvp@pequotmuseum.org.

Sunday, June 29, 11 am-2 pm
Kids’ ID Day

Bring your children to the Museum for Digital Fingerprinting for Kids (DFK), a child safety program offering free digital fingerprinting for kids around the country. Get a customized, DFK branded, double-sided ID card. Sponsored by Comcast Spotlight. FREE.

July Events

Wednesdays-Fridays, July 2-Aug. 29, noon-2 pm
Summer Fun on the Farmstead

The Farmstead is the home for the following activities this summer. Wednesdays, make a variety of arts and crafts with Museum staff including birchbark biting and printmaking. Thursdays, staff demonstrate different Native activities such as beading, porcupine quillwork, and dugout canoe making. Fridays, learn about hunting by throwing an atlatl, using a bow and arrow, or exploring hunting methods and traditional ways of tracking animals. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.

Wednesday & Thursday, July 9 & 10, 11 am-3 pm
Powwow!

Learn about different dances while watching dancers in colorful regalia. Visit Native artists as they demonstrate and sell works of art, including wampum and beaded jewelry, sweet grass baskets, and pottery. Native cuisine is available for purchase. Grand entry at 11 am and 1 pm. Storytellers entertain during the lunch break. Free with Museum admission, free to Museum members.

Thursday-Sunday, July 17-20, 10-11 am
Archery Clinic

Join one or more of the instructional clinics that Tangy’s Archery from Warwick, RI, is holding at the Museum. Topics include range safety, use of archery equipment, basic shooting form, and shooting etiquette. Limited to 10, ages 7 and older. $50 non-members, $40 Museum members per day, due at registration. All 4 days: $150 non-members, $120 Museum members. Register by July 9: (800) 411-9671 or rsvp@pequotmuseum.org.

Saturdays, July 19 & Aug. 2, noon-5 pm
Beading Circle

Join Candyce Testa (Pequot) on July 19 to make a beaded bracelet, and on Aug. 2 to create a beaded barrette or pin. Materials provided. $25 non-members, $15 Museum members, due at registration. Register by the Wednesday prior: (800) 411-9671 or rsvp@pequotmuseum.org.

Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20, 7 pm-9 am
Night at the Pequot Museum

Are you brave enough for a night at the Pequot Museum? Spend an unforgettable night of social dancing, crafts, a flashlight tour of exhibits, movies/cartoons, and a moonlight/flashlight walk. For families and groups with children ages 6-12 only, not to exceed a ratio of 4 children to 1 chaperone. $75 per person includes all the evening activities, snack, breakfast, and Museum admission on Sunday. Sleepover guide and detailed information at pequotmuseum.org/overnight. Register by July 5 to rsvp@pequotmuseum.org; payment is required at registration.

August Events

Saturday, Aug. 2, noon-5 pm
Beading Circle

Join Candyce Testa (Pequot) to create a beaded barrette or pin. Materials are provided. $25 non-members, $15 Museum members, due at registration. Register by the Wednesday prior: (800) 411-9671 or rsvp@pequotmuseum.org.

Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 2 & 3, 10-11:30 am, 1-2:30 pm, & 3-4:30 pm
Haudenosaunee Pottery Workshops

Natasha Smoke Santiago teaches traditional pottery workshops in which participants learn history through the hands-on experience of making Haudenosaunee pottery. Lessons include the structure of a pot, building techniques, and information on the utilitarian purpose of pottery. Each participant builds a pot to take home to dry. Three sessions per day, each limited to 15, ages 10 and older. $45 non-members, $35 Museum members, due at registration. Register by July 26: (800) 411-9671 or rsvp@pequotmuseum.org.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 8:30 am – 6 pm
Summer Scholar Teacher Workshop: 17th Century New England

Are you a secondary school teacher looking for local Colonial and Native primary resources? Join Director of Research Kevin McBride and staff at the Museum for new perspectives, primary resource materials, and fun hands-on history activities that integrate math, science, and art, and link to the Common Core curriculum themes. Limited to 15 teachers, by application only. A stipend is offered to workshop participants in exchange for complete lesson plans and curriculum development based on workshop content and materials. This workshop is supported in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Apply by June 30 to Laurie Lamarre, llamarre@pequotmuseum.org.

Saturday, Aug. 9, 1-2:30 pm
Local Archaeology Explored

Zachery Singer, Ph.D. anthropology student at UConn and an expert on Paleo-Indian occupations recovered on the Mashantucket Reservation, compares the sites and provides insight to Paleo-Indian occupations in this area. Dr. Timothy Ives, principal archaeologist at the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, demonstrates flint knapping and discusses pre-historic people and their tool-making resources. Limited to 80 people. $10 for the talks & demonstration; Museum admission is not required. Register by Aug. 8: (800) 411-9671 or rsvp@pequotmuseum.org.

Sunday, Aug. 10, 10 am-noon
16th Anniversary Brunch

Join Museum staff to celebrate our 16th anniversary with brunch. Whether you have been a member for 16 years, or are thinking about becoming one, or just like good food, please come and share a delicious meal with us to mark another great year. $30 non-members, $20 Museum members. RSVP by Aug. 1: (800) 411-9671 or rsvp@pequotmuseum.org.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 1-2 pm
The Long Journey Home for Albert Afraid of Hawk

Connecticut State Archaeologist Dr. Nicholas F. Bellantoni talks about Albert Afraid of Hawk (Lakota Sioux) who died in Danbury, CT, in June 1900 while performing with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. In 2008, his family members requested that Albert's remains be returned to the Pine Ridge Reservation for reburial according to Lakota heritage. Learn about the life and death of Albert Afraid of Hawk, the exhumation and forensic work conducted by Dr. Bellantoni, and the final repatriation of his remains. $10 for the lecture; Museum admission is not required. Register by Aug. 15: (800) 411-9671 or email rsvp@pequotmuseum.org.

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Saturday, Apr. 26, 10 am-noon

Friends of Preservation Society
Open to Museum members at the Contributing Level or higher. The Society offers a unique opportunity to support the care and conservation of treasures from MPMRC’s artifact and archives collections. Meet the Museum’s curatorial, conservation, and archives staff; visit the collections areas and conservation laboratories; and learn about the preservation projects. Enjoy lunch with Museum staff after this initial meeting. Limited to 15 Museum members, ages 16 and older. Register by Apr. 12: (800) 411-9671 or email membership@pequotmuseum.org.

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