I love learning more about the people I regularly tweet with. Every week, I always get a friendly tweet from @PequotMuseum. Since May is International Museum Month, I decided to feature them as a guest post on Inn The Kitchen. I discovered the face and name of the friendly voice behind the tweets, Chris Fry. Chris is a federally recognized Narragansett Indian and he currently works as a Sr. Graphic Designer for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Follow him on Twitter, say hello, and if you find yourself traveling in Connecticut, stop by the Pequot Museum.
The Pequot Museum
The Mashantucket Museum & Research Center offers engaging experiences for all ages, from life-size walk-through dioramas that transport visitors into the past, to changing exhibits, and live performances of contemporary arts and cultures. Extensive interactive exhibits depict 18,000 years of Native and natural history, while two libraries, including one for children, offer a diverse selection of materials on the histories and cultures of all Native peoples of the United States and Canada.
The journey begins 18,000 years ago as you enter the glacial crevasse exhibit. Travel deep into a glacier, see dripping water, feel chilly air, and hear the recorded sounds of an actual glacier. Learn about the impact the ice age had on southeastern Connecticut.
Look into the eyes of life-size replicas of dire wolves, a mastodon, and a giant beaver—animals that inhabited this part of the continent more than 11,000 years ago. View life-like hunters pursuing caribou among streams and rock outcroppings.
Observe daily life in a 16th-century Pequot village: pre- and post-European contact. Walk among the trees, wigwams, and people who are cooking, talking, weaving, and working. Natural sounds are heard accompanied by the aromas of the woodlands and campfires. All figures are cast from Native American models; the traditional clothing, ornamentations, and wigwams are made by Native craftspeople. Individual audio tours are provided for all visitors.
Leave time to understand the period leading up to the Pequot War of 1637; watch the 30-minute, wide-screen movie about the war, and see how the tribe survived through the years, eventually gaining federal recognition in 1983.
The Museum recently announced the opening of a new permanent exhibit, “Pequot Lives: Almost Vanished,” the first permanent exhibit since the museum’s opening in 1998. The exhibit uses images, documents, photographs, interactive technology, and artifacts to illustrate the Pequot struggles during the early 20th century, taking visitors through a historical journey about the lives and experiences of Pequot families.
Before leaving, visit the restaurant, gift shop, and the top of the 18-story observation tower to see the wooded countryside. The award-winning museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is handicapped accessible and offers plenty of onsite parking. Group tours, programs, and rates are available. For information, call (800) 411-9671 or visit www.pequotmuseum.org.