Tomaquag Museum awarded Rhode Island Foundation Grant

We’ve been featuring some of the events at the Tomaquag Museum in our events calendar. Despite the museum being located in Exeter, there is a Charlestown connection. The Settlement Lands of the Narragansett Tribe comprise about 10% of Charlestown’s land area and the Tomaquag Museum provides opportunities to learn more about the Narragansett and other New England tribes. The following press release was sent to us by the museum director.

Tomaquag Museum awarded Rhode Island Foundation Grant

Tomaquag Museum is proud to announce it has been awarded a twelve thousand dollar grant from Rhode Island Foundation, the state’s community foundation. The grant will support the creation of a fund development plan engaging Wanda Lord of Lord & Associates to develop the plan to support Tomaquag Museum’s growth and development for the 21st Century.

The purpose of the development planning is to increase and diversify Tomaquag Museum’s revenue streams to support business and feasibility planning funded by the United State Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprises grant. Tomaquag Museum is positioning itself as an economic engine in rural Rhode Island by maintaining and increasing employment at, and related to, the Museum and its growth. The fund development plan and future implementation will allow the Museum to expand programming, care for collections, create new exhibits, reach new audiences, increase staffing, plan for its new home and fulfill its mission to educate the public and promote thoughtful dialogue regarding Indigenous history, culture, arts, and Mother Earth and connect to Native issues of today.

“We are so thankful for the continued support of Rhode Island Foundation. They supported our strategic planning and marketing initiative over the last year which led to many new opportunities for Tomaquag Museum. Our rebrand has made us much more visible to the community and supports our mission. This project will help us diversify our funding streams and support our business planning for our growth into the future,” said Lorén Spears, Tomaquag Museum’s Executive Director.

Tomaquag Museum engages visitors from across Rhode Island as well as tourists from around the United States and abroad. Tomaquag Museum envisions its future as an Indigenous Cultural Education destination that engages visitors in thoughtful dialogue that promotes understanding and strives to create experiences that transform people’s lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of Indigenous Cultures and the interrelationship with the wider world.

To learn more about the museum visit us at 390 Summit Road in Exeter on Wednesdays from 10-5pm, Saturdays from 10-2pm and by appointment. For more information visit