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Friday, April 22, 2016

Congratulations to the Tomaquag Museum...and to Oyster Works


APRIL 19, 2016
The Institute of Museum and Library Service today announced Tomaquag Museum of Exeter, Rhode Island as one of 10 recipients 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.  For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference for individuals, families, and their communities. 

The 9 other award winners are:
Brooklyn Public Library;  Chicago History Museum;  Columbia Museum of Art, SC
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center for Children, MS;  Madison Public Library, WI;
Mid-America Science Museum, AR;  North Carolina State University Libraries;
Otis Library, CT;  Santa Ana Public Library, CA.    

Founded in 1958, Tomaquag Museum is Rhode Island's only Native American museum serving as a bridge to promote better understanding between the Native community's needs, history, culture and impact on today's society.  Tomaquag helps in the healing process of indigenous people by allowing them to tell their stories from their own perspective and experience.

For the past two years Oyster Works has been working with Tomaquag Museum's executive director, Loren Spears, and the museum's staff and board to design a new home for the museum. 
"We are thrilled that the Tomaquag Museum has won this prestigious award and honored that we can play a part in Tomaquag's future."    Megan Moynihan