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GraftonTraveler24, Grafton, MA
TripAdvisor, May 30, 2016:
We have been here twice now, 1st chaperoning my son's field trip and now with more time to see the whole museum. The 1st visit made a great impression that made us want to come back. This museum is very good. Lot's of information about the Pequot's is presented. The reproduction village is incredible as are all the life size displays. Lot's of movies are shown giving information on many aspects of history. Even the cafe was excellent. The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC should visit here to see how it should be done. This is a must see of you are in the area.
TripAdvisor, April 11, 2016:
This was by far, an experience to remember. There were several tribes represented at the event and each did their own tribal dance. I learned so much about the Pequot Tribe and the food was EXCELLENT - did not disappoint. Will definitely be looking to attend the next event in August!
LizO, Ludlow, United Kingdom
TripAdvisor, April 6, 2016:
This is a fantastic museum and takes a full day to do it justice . Very well researched and organised with lots of useful background information. Gives a different perspective to how you think about the whole area of New England and how badly the Pequot people were treated over many periods of history. The story of Wampum was especially interesting and the village is wonderful.
OBXhawkeye, Outer Banks, NC
TripAdvisor, April 21, 2014:
Everthing in the facility was top-drawer... the half-hour film "The Witness" was easily the best written-direct-and-produce film of its kinds I've every seen.
Ralph H. Stamford,Trip Advisor, March 27, 2014:
This is a place every child, and adult, should visit.
Group tour leader, October 2013:
Our walking tour with Jason Mancini was outstanding – rave reviews from everyone about the compelling historical content and presentation.
Elementary School Teacher:
Re Children’s Library: My visit so exceeded my high expectations. Your facility and
collection is wonderful as was the care and preparation you put into providing me
Workshop participants:“Evaluating Children’s Books about Native
It was incredibly informative.
[I will] use it to modify content lessons in
I will not only ‘pre-read’ the story time books, but I have
learned how important it is to research the author & tribe as well.
a lot which will greatly aid in my story choices.
Feedback from elementary school teachers, April - May 2013:
The children left the museum eager to learn more.
The kids loved this. The
kids’ faces lit up with wonder and excitement.
We come every year.
Mimi Moreira, Grade 5 Teacher
School, Cranston, RI:
Thank you so much for coordinating our trip! Also a huge thank you to the law firm for
generously providing the transportation.
Zulma:Thank you!! For the field trip. It was so fun. My
favorite part was going down the escalator with the ice age. And using those little phones
that explained what was going on. Thank you for the buses.Unsigned:How can I thank you from words or smiling or action.
I want to say thank you. When I first came to the Pequot Museum I like everything there and
it was a fun thing to watch!Deven:You guys have
the best museum in America. The museum was big. I like the pictures and the art. It was
fun. It helped me learn.Meghan:I ur museum. ... My favorite part was when we went into the
(Tools) Theater because we could learn how the tools and what the(y) were made of.Joshua:Thank you Pequot Museum for teaching us about
Native Americans, like how they hunt and they live.Alisai:That was the best field trip for this year. I liked the
ice cave. That was the best part.Jessyca:I love
(the Pequot Museum) and it is perfect and I like the animals, how they kills the animals.
My favorest (sic) part was the house and the corn and how they was working planting corn,
sunflowers and different thing. I love the Pequot Museum.
Ramona Peters, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Historic
Preservation Officer, April 21, 2014: The programs often share the work and art of
neighboring tribal nations that would otherwise go unseen. The generosity of the MPMRC and
inclusiveness of other Tribal people is one of the things that make this museum great.
..There are many remarkable events that ... demonstrate the Pequot connectedness and
sensitivity to the region ... the research center is a tremendous resource to the Wampanoag
and other indigenous people.
The MPMRC has made a huge difference in the
Northeast as an educational institution that breathes life into everything they present.
The MPMRC directors have been wonderfully creative in ways to expand awareness of
the Northeastern Native communities and histories. The MPMRC has made a huge difference in
the Northeast as an educational institution that breathes life into everything they
Elizabeth James Perry, Artist:
I am a traditional artist from
Aquinnah with many years of experience in Native textile arts. Accessibility is key to
helping Native artisans re-learn techniques that have not been preserved. ... I have begun
teaching; visiting the museum collections with my weaving apprentice has been an important
part of the mentoring process. I appreciate every minute spent in MPMRC collections!
Matt Collette,“Mashantuckets 'bail out' local Indian museum,” The
Day, April 12, 2010:
The water from Whitford Brook was rising fast on March
30, threatening the historic collection at the Indian and Colonial Research Center, which
houses a trove of centuries-old records and artifacts. ... Joan Cohn called the only people
she could think of with the resources to save the historic collection: the Mashantucket
Pequot Museum and Research Center.
"We would not have been able to save
everything without their support," Cohn said. She had contacted the Mashantucket museum in
the days following the flood after discovering the center could not afford the cost of a
"They said, 'What can we do to help?' and they came down with
volunteers and interns and moved everything out," she said.
Courtesy of Joan Cohn Indian and Colonial Research Center
With a small window of time to evacuate the contents of the building
before mold set in, Joan Cohn, president of the Indian & Colonial Research Center
(ICRC) called upon Jason Mancini, senior researcher for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and
Research Center (MPMRC) for assistance. In response, several research consultants and
students from the museum arrived and helped to pack and move boxes of dry items for storage
at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.
“... the collections were
inventoried by MPMRC Collection Manage, Meredith Vasta and her intern, along with ICRC
volunteers, and stored in taped boxes at the MPMC for two years while ICRC facilities were
re-built. All of the MPMRC involvement was done without cost. ICRC would not have recovered
without the aid of MPMRC.”
Joan F. Jenks Corresponding Secretary, The Stanton Davis Homestead
Beginning with the storage of quilts in 2011, MPMRC has worked
with us as more items were added, and has provided space to store the part of our
collection that is in critical need of a controlled environment while the Homestead
building is being restored. We are most grateful for the assistance of MPMRC. This
collaboration with a fellow community institution to preserve history is inspiring and
J. Cedric Woods, Director of the Institute for New England Native American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston:
The Mashantucket Pequot
Museum and Research Center is an invaluable resource for scholars and students of Native
Studies in the Northeast. My students are immediately engaged upon visiting the facility
and interacting with the professional staff. I only wish it was closer to Boston!
Ned Blackhawk (Western Shoshone), Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University:
The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
library provides for the Northeast an unparalleled collection of contemporary and
historical American Indian Studies materials. ... It is also housed within an astonishing
Professor and Chair of Anthropology, University of
We spent a fascinating few hours with you and various
staff members, and I thank you for arranging a visit that met the interests of my students
so well. I suspect that you will be hearing from some of them ... as they begin focusing on
specific MPMRC resources that would be useful in their Master’s thesis
Andrew Lipman, Ph.D, Syracuse University:
I think the Mashantucket Pequot is one of the best history museums in the country. It played a huge role in my interest in learning about the region's deep indigenous history. I recommend it to friends, family, and students on a regular basis.