Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Institute for American Indian Studies!

Whether you are visiting us from near, afar, or at home online we hope you take the time to explore all of our offerings.

It is an exciting time at the Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS) as we embark on our 40th Anniversary in 2015! Keep in touch as we celebrate and memorialize 40 dynamic years of growth and change with exciting new opportunities while continuing our mission to honor the spirit of the First Peoples.

Visitors of all ages are welcome at our IAIS family. Whether joining us for a school field trip, dropping by to enjoy our beautiful 15.5 acres and museum exhibits while visiting Connecticut's lovely Northwest Corner, or faithfully attending one of our engaging programs, IAIS always has something wonderful to share with you - and a friend!

Experiences from our guests remind us why we continue to preserve and interpret; we are a place where people of all backgrounds can study, explore, learn, and engage with the rich diversity of Native cultures - while reflecting upon the world today and looking towards the future. Native contributions, struggles and stories are part of America's past, present, and future.

Be sure to visit our online teacher resources. Our storytelling, music, archaeology, history and nature programming for grades K-12 engages, informs and encourages students to participate in activities that helps them better understand Native lifeways, the teamwork necessary to survive in the past, and the impacts of historic times on today's culture. Schools and visitors from all over Connecticut, across the country, and around the world have come to IAIS to study our unique content and collections.

I invite you to join the Institute for American Indian Studies to help us celebrate our 40th year - and visit us often - online or in Washington, Connecticut - to experience all that our museum has to offer.

I hope to see you soon!

Laurie P. Lamarre
Executive Director