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Visitors

GraftonTraveler24Grafton, 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. 

nancym56, Manchester 

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Our walking tour with Jason Mancini was outstanding – rave reviews from everyone about the compelling historical content and presentation. 

Teachers

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 resources.

Workshop participants:“Evaluating Children’s Books about Native Americans”:
It was incredibly informative.

[I will] use it to modify content lessons in my classroom.

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.

I learned 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
Gladstone 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.

School children

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.

Native Americans

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 present.

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!

Cultural organizations

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 storage facility.

"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 03/23/2014:
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 Museum 04/03/2014:
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 energizing.

University faculty & staff

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 museum!

Professor and Chair of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Boston:
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 projects.

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.