For Immediate Release
The Tomaquag Museum of South County, RI Receives 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Science
Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Washington DC, - South County Tourism Council congratulates the Tomaquag Museum for receiving a National Medal for Museum and Library Science today at the White House. Tomaquag was among nine other national winners being honored by the Institute of Museum and Library Service at the nation’s capital. First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the ceremony.
“We are so thrilled to be an IMLS National Medal winner and excited to celebrate this honor with the other institutional winners,” said Lorén Spears Tomaquag Museum’s Executive Director.
“National recognition of the good work created by Lorén Spears and her team here in South County, does all of Rhode Island proud!” Says Myrna George, President and CEO of the South County Tourism Council.
Executive Director Lorén Spears accepted the award along with community member Christian Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins worked as a docent, attended classes and tutored youth at the museum. He credits the museum for helping him find pride and acceptance in his heritage. The Tomaquag Museum, located in Exeter, RI, is the state’s only Native American museum, empowering indigenous people and helping them better understand their history and culture.
About Tomaquag Museum
Tomaquag Museum, Rhode Island’s only museum entirely dedicated to telling the story of the Indigenous Peoples was established in 1958. It is a Native-led nonprofit museum. 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. Through our unique collection, lectures, tours, off-site programs, and arts & educator workshops, we educate the public regarding Native history, culture, arts, current events, and environmental issues. The Museum is visited each year by artists, researchers, students, and travelers from across the United State and throughout the world. For more information: www.tomaquagmuseum.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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