Tomaquag Museum Receives Exhibit Redesign Grant from Champlin Foundations

Exeter, RI: December 20, 2016-The Champlin Foundations awarded Tomaquag Museum a $9415 to replace 4-5 of the current exhibit casework with new ones that meet museum quality standards. The museum will also use funds to redesign existing exhibits as well as create new ones that will highlight previously unseen collections. 

“This is exciting news for the little gem that could,” stated Collections Manager, Kimberly Peters. “The plan moving forward is to refresh our current exhibits and create new ones.” Exhibits that will get a facelift include focusing on the museums unique southern New England stamped basket collection and the Ellison “Tarzan” Brown exhibit, that will feature one of his trophies that is on loan to our museum by a great- nephew of the Olympic athlete and two-time winner of the Boston Marathon. A new exhibit will feature the art of contemporary Native American artists from the region. Each exhibit will enhance the museums preservation efforts and improve public access to the museum’s extensive collection of Narragansett and other local tribes’ cultural materials.  

“We are grateful to The Champlin Foundation for their continuing support in helping us fulfill our mission,” said Lorén Spears, Executive Director. “The project will allow for a much “richer” visitor experience and greater access to the collection.  Everything we are doing allows us to meet our mission as we make progress towards the overall goal of finding a new home.” The museum will be announcing the opening of each new exhibit to celebrate the rich Indigenous history, arts, and the stories these traditional items share.


Since 1932, The Champlin Foundations have distributed nearly $535M, almost entirely in the State of Rhode Island. The Champlin Foundations are private foundations as defined in Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and are exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3). The Foundations make direct grants to tax exempt organizations, substantially all in Rhode Island, almost exclusively for capital needs. Capital needs may consist of equipment, construction, renovations, the purchase of real property and reduction of mortgage indebtedness. One important goal is to fund tax exempt organizations within Rhode Island that will have the greatest on the broadest possible segment of the population. Another important goal is to provide “hands-on” equipment and facilities for those being served by these tax-exempt organizations. For more information visit


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