Tomaquag Museum invites the public to celebrate Cranberry Thanksgiving

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 10am-2pm
Where: Tomaquag Museum, 390 A Summit Road, Exeter, RI (map below)
What: Tomaquag Museum invites the public to celebrate Cranberry Thanksgiving as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live! This Event is free to those who download a Museum Day Live ticket. Tickets are available to download at

“Cranberries, historically were a vital part of our diet, providing vitamin C throughout the long winters. We continue to give thanks for the gift of the cranberry,” said Lorén Spears, Executive Director.

The museum will be featuring a number of fun and engaging activities at this year’s Cranberry Thanksgiving including storytelling, music, dance, and fun. To promote our Indigenous Empowerment Network, we have invited Native vendors to sell their art, jewelry, prints, weaving and other items at our outdoor market as well as in our newly expanded museum Gift Shop. Guests are invited to learn about a few edible and medicinal plants with Narragansett Tribal Member and Tomaquag Museum Assistant Director Silvermoon LaRose; view a basketmaking demonstration; and learn to make Cranberry Johnnycakes with Lorén Spears.

We invite guests to take a self-guided tour of the museum, and join us for a special presentation about basket stamping reflected in our new exhibit, Wunnegen Manootash, Beautiful Baskets, presented by Tribal Elders and Museum Staff.

For children and families we have lots of stories, games and social dances. We will also be holding our first Traditional Dress Family Fashion Show. We invite all Native American Tribal members to sign up to participate. Please contact museum staff at for more information.

We encourage the public to arrive early for our opening ceremony led by Narragansett Elder Dawn Dove at 10:15am and followed by the Cranberry Story by Paulla Jennings, nationally known storyteller, as we give thanks for the gift of the cranberry. Bring a friend and join us for this fun family gathering! To learn more, visit our website at

“Come join us for fun activities including Moccasin Game, Indigenous Freeze Dance, traditional songs and interactive stories to celebrate the Cranberry Thanksgiving” said Museum Educator Lynsea Montanari.

About Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!
Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live is an initiative in which participating museums across the Unites States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live ticket. For more information, please visit

About Tomaquag Museum
Tomaquag Museum, a Native led non-profit, is Rhode Island’s only museum entirely dedicated to telling the story of Indigenous Peoples from a first person perspective. Established in 1958, Tomaquag serves as a cultural bridge between the past, present and future as well as a facilitator between the Indigenous communities and the diverse world.

Tomaquag Museum was a recipient of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. Our mission is to provide public education through our unique collection, lectures, arts & educator workshops, tours, and offsite programs regarding Native history, culture, arts, current events and environmental issues. The Museum is open Wednesdays, 9am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm, Children’s Hour Fridays 10-11am and is visited each year by artists, researchers, students, and travelers from across the United States and throughout the world. For more information visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Map to 390 A Summit Road, Exeter