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Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center honored

By Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

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MASHANTUCKET, CT - The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, is proud to announce it has received the Connecticut League of History Organizations’ (CLHO) Award of Merit. The museum was honored for its Battlefields of the Pequot War project, spearheaded by Dr. Kevin McBride, director of research at the MPMRC.

“The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is passionate about educating others about the history of Connecticut and the Pequot Tribe,” said Kimberly Hatcher-White, executive director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center. “We are committed to continuing to encourage others to learn more about the history of our great state.”

The CLHO Awards of Merit recognize institutions and individuals who demonstrate the highest professional standards, enhance and further the understanding of Connecticut history, and make exceptional contributions to state and local history. The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center was awarded in the project category for Battlefields of the Pequot War. Winners are selected by The CLHO Awards of Merit Committee comprised of at least five individuals representing different areas of expertise from both volunteer and non-volunteer organizations. Other 2012 CLHO winners include: Connecticut Historical Society, The Mark Twain House and Museum, and the Gunn Memorial Museum.

Battlefields of the Pequot War is a long-term collaborative project, launched by the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, to research, document and preserve the battlefields of the Pequot War, and to also educate the public of its history, legacy, and significance in the history of Connecticut and North America. This initiative has been made possible through several grants by the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program (NPS ABPP) and in part by the University of Connecticut (UConn). The final goal of this long-term project is to nominate and list sites and battlefields associated with the Pequot War to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and develop preservation plans with landholders and local communities.

The Pequot War (1636-1637) remains one of the most controversial and significant events of Colonial and Native history of Connecticut and the United States. The majority of the battles were fought on Connecticut soil, and the war presented a number history-making firsts including: first declared war in European-colonized New England; first time both European and Native people fought one another in a major conflict; and first time Native people experienced the European style of “total war”, a European technique which influenced American policy towards Native tribes as America expanded westward in centuries following.

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is a tribally owned-and-operated state-of-the-art facility located in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Opened in 1998, the Museum presents the rich history of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, the histories and cultures of other tribes, and the region's natural history through a series of innovative presentations. This interactive 308,000-square-foot facility is one of the most innovative and comprehensive centers of its kind in the United States, and it transports visitors back in time with 85,000-square-feet of unforgettable exhibits, featuring creative dioramas, original films and videos, and extensive archives in two impressive libraries. Travelling exhibits and engaging live performances also add to this Smithsonian affiliate’s diverse and extensive resources for guests of all ages. The Museum maintains an active research, archaeology, and conservation program which has organized and completed a number of large-scale archaeology projects.

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