Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Highlights the
Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Premieres Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV); encore broadcast on Sunday, June 23 at 10:30 p.m.
HARTFORD, Conn. (June 14, 2013) – Connecticut has an abundance of unique landmarks, nationally significant cultural resources and wonderful stories to tell. From historic landmarks and museums to parks and performing arts venues, the Constitution State is bursting with fascinating destinations and attractions.
Premiering on Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) with an encore broadcast on Sunday, June 22 at 10:30 p.m., this week’s edition of Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures features the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Ledyard.
Using multi-sensory displays and exhibits, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Native American Research Center brings to life the story of the Mashantucket Pequot tribe. The world’s largest Native American museum, Mashantucket Pequot Museum has been tribally owned and operated since its opening in August 1998. This unique museum, nestled into the woodsy Mashantucket landscape, provides visitors with an interactive, realistic experience of the Pequot lifestyle.
The museum’s permanent exhibits span hundreds of years and many different eras for the Pequot people, their land and their lives. The exhibits range from the Ice Age, Native American Creation Stories, the Pequot Community, the Arrival of the Europeans, The Pequot War, Life on the Reservation and Modern Mashantucket Pequot Tribe Life. The museum also has classrooms, a 320-seat auditorium, a library, a gift shop and a restaurant serving a variety of Native American cuisines.
Made possible by the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), the parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and WNPR, and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is a series of 50 five-minute vignettes that profiles a variety of the state’s most notable cultural resources. These vignettes are designed to deepen an awareness and appreciation for Connecticut cultural resources for state residents, while also promoting the state’s tourism economy.
The project strives to encourage Connecticut residents and visitors to look at the state more closely, in ways that go beyond the obvious star attractions – as important as those are. In addition to art museums, performing arts venues and historical museums, the series includes remarkable historic districts, nationally significant landmarks, historic parks, cemeteries and the Connecticut River. Funding for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum edition of Connecticut's Cultural Treasures is provided by CPTV, the State of Connecticut, Melinda and Paul Sullivan, People’s United Bank, and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.
About the Department of Economic and Community Development
The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is the lead state agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the new economy. It does so by developing and implementing strategies to attract and retain businesses and jobs, preserving and promoting cultural and tourism assets, ensuring quality housing and revitalizing neighborhoods and communities.
About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows, and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™, and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show, and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. For more information, visit cptv.org.