News and Events

10th Bi-Annual International Fields of Conflict Conference

September 28-30, 2018

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is hosting the 10th Bi-Annual International Fields of Conflict Conference September 28-30, 2018. The conference will showcase new perspectives regarding conflict and diplomacy, and conflict archaeology including new archaeological methods, military technologies, battlefield sites, and military archaeology.

Submissions of papers and posters are encouraged on all aspects of conflict spanning all time-periods and regions. Submissions concerning Indigenous conflict and conflict archaeology are encouraged. All submissions are due February 1, 2018.

Call for Papers: FOC Call for Papers

Next Informational Meeting

Join us June 22, 2017 6:00 PM at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, MA

Beginning in June, the team will be on the ground introducing themselves to landowners and the project. The success of the project is dependent on landowner permissions that grant the research team access to investigate properties associated with the Battle of the Great Falls. For more information please join us June 22nd at 6:00PM at the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, MA to discuss latest findings, project updates and how you can become involved in reconstructing one of the most significant battles in King Philip’s War. All are welcome.

Click here to download our flyer: Battle of Turners Falls Info Meeting

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Photo’s from the MPMRC’s 3rd Annual 17th Century Encampment!

The 3rd Annual 17th Century Encampment was held on the museum farmstead on June 24 and 25, 2016

Over 50 Native American, European, and African American reenactors and historical interpreters joined us for this two day event where the visitors experienced different aspects of 17th Century life!

This included historically accurate Native and European impressions of soldiers, warriors, and civilians from 1600 – 1700 as well as displays related to the Pequot War (1636-1637) and King Philips War (1675-1677) time period.

Below are some scenes from this year’s event!

Hope to see you next year!

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Visit the MPMRC’s 3rd Annual 17th Century Encampment!

Mark your calendars for the Pequot Museum’s 3rd Annual 17th Century Encampment on the museum farmstead on June 24 and 25, 2016!

Over 30 Native and European reenactors will again gather for this two day event where the public can experience different aspects of 17th Century life! Join us on the museum’s Farmstead where you can interact with historically accurate Native and European impressions of soldiers, warriors, and civilians from 1600 – 1700. This included displays related to the Pequot War (1636-1637) and King Philips War (1675-1677) time period.  Below are some scenes from last year’s event! This year also expect more Native and European games, crafts, bow and arrow making, arrowhead workshops, artillery demonstrations, militia drilling and so much more!

For more information, click HERE for Visitor Services, email: visitorservice@pequotmuseum.org or call 1-800-411-9671

Hope to see you this year!

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This two day event includes Musket and Bow firing demonstrations; Campfire Cooking; Wampum Making; Lithic Tool making and flint napping demonstrations; pottery; English Militia Drills; and a chance to take a closer look at both European and Native materials culture.

Do not miss the opportunity to learn 17th Century English Pike drills, tour the Monhantic Fort (1675-1677) archaeological site here on the reservation, or the chance to make your own arrowhead or gunflint.

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Do not miss out on special programs like this offered throughout the year!

For more information, click HERE for Visitor Services, email:visitorservice@pequotmuseum.org or call 1-800-411-9671

Hope to see you this year!

 

 

 

 

 

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17th Century King Philip’s War Encampment & Reenactment!

Daniel Benton Homestead – Tolland, CT

Learn all about Connecticut in King Philip’s War this Sunday, May 8, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Daniel Benton Homestead at 170 Metcalf Road in Tolland, CT.

A group of 17th-century historical interpreters will be at the Benton Homestead to recreate the life of Colonial and Native Americans in New England. They portray Colonial train band members, mariners, husbandmen, crafters, housewives and Eastern Woodlands Native Americans. They will demonstrate hearth cooking, pottery, lace making, herbal medicines, military drills, arms and armor, navigational instruments, basket making, spinning and Native American arts.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome to support the Tolland Historical Society, which operates the Benton as a museum.

For more information, call 860-974-1875.

We hope to see you there!

 

 

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1676-2016

Turner's Falls, Montague, Massachusetts

Turner’s Falls, Montague, Massachusetts

What Have We Learned?

Tribal and Colonial Historians Reflect on the Battle of Great Falls

Saturday, March 26, 2016 

1:00 to 3:30 PM

Please join us for the third and final public presentation of the Battlefield Mapping Study to discuss Phase I of the King Philip’s War (1675-1676) Peskeompskut (Turners Falls) Battlefield project by the Mashantucket-Pequot Museum and Research Center Team.

The event is to be held at the auditorium of the Turners Falls High School, located at 222 Turnpike Road, Montague, MA

For a full schedule of the event please download our flyer: ABPP Mtg3 Poster 3.26.16.

We hope to see you there!

 

Update from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

 

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Although the Pequot Museum is closed for the winter (November 29, 2015 – March 31, 2016), the exhibits are open for Museum Members and Group Tours every Wednesday throughout the season. To schedule a visit, please contact Lucia Lopez at our Membership Office. If you are not currently a member you can purchase a membership now and bring your family and friends for a day at the museum any Wednesday. The museum will reopen for the 2016 season on April 1, 2016.

Group Tours and will be available for rent to host corporate events, weddings, etc.

For more information contact:
Lucia Lopez
llopez@pequotmuseum.org
(860) 396-6824

Update from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

The Pequot Museum will be closed during the winter season to the general public. This closure is effective from November 29, 2015 until March 31, 2016. We will reopen on Friday, April 1 to kick-off our 2016 season.

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For more information, please visit: http://www.pequotmuseum.org/seasonal-closure/

 

Honoring the Veterans Powwow

2015 Powwow (w/2 sponsors)

 

At the Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Saturday, November 7th, 2015
10am–5pm

Veterans and Active Duty Military that present an ID will get into the Museum and the Powwow for free.

Grand Entry: 11am
Master of Ceremonies: Boye Ladd Sr., NM
Arena Director: Dean Stanton, RI
Head Judge: Sheldon Sundown, NY

Every branch of the U.S. military has its own core values that define the men and women who serve. Learning the virtue of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage is one of the first tasks of anyone who dare take the oath. It is this steadfast commitment to being a warrior that brings Natives and non-Natives alike together at Veterans Powwows.
Not only have Natives served in every branch of the U.S. military for over the past 200 years, the value of selflessly defending one’s nation is one of the most highly-regarded Native traditions. Just as Honor, Courage and Commitment is fundamental to the character of every warfighter, those very same values are treasured in Native culture, for thousands of years to the present day. We invite all members of the military, both Veteran and active duty and their families to join us in honoring and thanking this Country’s greatest heroes at our 2015 Veterans Powwow.
Come see breathtaking performances in dazzling regalia set to traditional music, indulge in enticing food and shopping and experience something like never before. If you’ve never been to the Pequot Museum’s Veterans Powwow, or never been to any Powwow before, the helpful FAQ below should answer all your questions.

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Join us at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center 

Archaeological Discoveries at Block Island and Nipsachuck – October 24,  10:00 am -12:00 noon

October is CT Archaeology Awareness Month. Visit the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center for a two hour experience.  First, archaeologist Kevin McBride will discuss his latest discoveries in Rhode Island, specifically on Block Island and at the Second Battle of Nipsachuck Site, a King Philip’s War Period (1675-6) battlefield in North Smithfield.  Next, participants will get a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s archeology laboratory and view artifacts recovered from McBride’s investigations.  Following the tour, participants are encouraged to explore the museum at their leisure.  This event is recommended for those 13 and older, and is free with museum admission. Contact Ashley Bissonnette at ABissonnette@pequotmuseum.org to reserve a space.

 

 

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WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AT THE FALLS?

Mapping the 1676 Battle of Great Falls/ Wissatinnewag-Peskeompskut

JOIN US!

WHAT: Mid-term project update and community discussion

WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2015 1:00-4:00pm

WHERE: Auditorium, Turners Falls High School, located at 222 Turnpike Road, Montague, MA

Schedule of Events:

1:00-2:00         Mid-term Update on the Mapping Study from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum Research Team

2:00-2:15         Break

2:15-4:00         Panel Discussion featuring colonial historians, tribal histories, and academics

The purpose of this collaborative research project is to identify the likely locations of the King Philip’s War Peskeompskut (Turners Falls) Battlefield and associated sites through the examination of documentary records, archaeological collections, oral histories, and the use of military terrain analysis. The project is intended to engage local officials, landowners and the interested public in effort to locate and encourage the protection of the battlefield. 

Hosted by the Battlefield Grant Advisory Board: A consortium of five towns and four tribes

Sponsored by the Montague Planning Department and the National Park Service Battlefield Protection Program