Tomaquag Museum was awarded a 2015 Media Project Grant of $2800 for the Tomaquag Museum Retrospective through Film project by the Rhode Island Foundation and the donor advisor of the ADDD (Archive, Document, Display, Disseminate) Fund, Herman Rose.
Last summer, we began a partnership with Dana Neugent, Media Supervisor at URI to create a film of Tomaquag Museum’s early history. Our Executive Director, Lorén Spears, interviewed past Directors and early Board members regarding the early history of Tomaquag Museum. “The history of Tomaquag Museum envelops the history of the Indigenous people of Southern New England,” said Spears. The interviews from the film included Eleanor Dove, oldest living Narragansett, founding owner of Dovecrest Indian Restaurant and an original Board member; Paulla Jennings, a past director, a past chairwoman & long standing board member and nationally known Niantic-Narragansett storyteller; Dawn Dove, Narragansett elder, past Director, past board member and retired history teacher; and Chief Strong Horse, Narragansett sub-chief and past Board member, who has recently donated his vast collection to Tomaquag Museum. We also plan to interview Tall Oak Weeden, a tribal oral historian, past board member and staff at Tomaquag Museum’s original site; and Gil Reid, a past board chairman, Onondaga, continuing our URI partnership.
The goal of this project supported by ADDD Fund is to utilize images and documents from our vast archival collection to support the stories told in the film interviews. We plan to research these materials and gather appropriate support images, quotes, and documents from the archives, which will be digitized for the film and future use by the many researchers who visit each year.
Film opening planned for fall 2015. For more information on this project and other programs visit www.tomaquagmuseum.org or call 401-491-9063.