Cranberry Thanksgiving 2018 at Tomaquag Museum

Press Release - For Immediate Release

Contact:    Lorén Spears, Executive Director

390 A Summit Road Exeter, RI  02822

401-491-9063 (office)

401-793-0485 (cell)

Date: August 11, 2018

Title: TOMAQUAG MUSEUM JOINS SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE’S 14TH ANNUAL MUSEUM DAY Free Admission on September 22, 2018 with a downloadable Museum Day ticket

EXETER, RI - Tomaquag Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday September 22, 2018 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums. 

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.
Smithsonian Museum Day will be held in conjunction with our traditional Cranberry Thanksgiving. The theme of this year’s Museum Day is “Women Making History,” honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.  Tomaquag will celebrate indigenous women during our Cranberry Thanksgiving by featuring Indigenous women throughout the day along with Museum Tours, Cultural Demonstrations, Storytelling, Native Arts Vendors, traditional foods, and our Cranberry Thanksgiving Ceremony.

Museum Day tickets will be available for download at beginning August 15. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 22, 2018. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at

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About Smithsonian Media

Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. (  / PRESS CONTACT: Erin Freilich | High10 Media, for Smithsonian magazine Museum Day 212-913-9254 |

About Tomaquag Museum

Tomaquag Museum, a Native led non-profit museum. 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 is 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 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.  

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