401 Gives Fundraising Event 2023

This year, the Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture will again take part in 401Gives, an opportunity for Rhode Islanders to unite around causes in which they truly believe. Last year, more than 13,000 Rhode Islanders helped raise $3.1 million for 507 nonprofit organizations. We hope that you, your family, and your friends will make a donation to help us continue our educational work.
Please visit our 401Gives page and make your donation on April 1st!!

Museum Celebrates it’s 130th Year Anniversary with a Senate Citation!

Senator Susan Sosnowski presents a RI Senate Citation to The Peace Dale Museum of Art & Culture in celebration of the Museum’s 130th Anniversary at The Dunes Club Antique Appraisal Gala.
Appraiser, Thomas Tomaszek, Senator Susan Sosnowski, Lisa Fiore, President and Mary Cocroft Brown, Vice President of the Museum Board. Picture by Jerrilyn Jacobs

One hundred thirty years ago, Rowland G. Hazard II had an idea— a museum for the community. He wanted to bring objects from around the world to the Village of Peace Dale. As an enthusiastic collector, creating a museum was a natural extension of his strong interest in archeology and anthropology. Rowland reached out to family members and to the community, and the collection grew.

We continue to serve as a cultural resource for the community, offering stellar Spring and Fall lecture series and providing educational programs that focus on awareness of history and appreciation of global diversity. Live broadcast of our evening programs during the pandemic has brought us new friends and supporters. Those programs are now available on our website to watch any time. The artifacts we display have been refreshed and re-labeled, and we now offer visitors self-guided tours of our gallery.

The Museum’s mission

The mission is to “preserve, maintain, and enhance the collection of objects from pre-industrial societies and to serve as an educational facility for the community”. This it still does with programs for children and adults. Over the years some other items have been added including dinosaur fossils and a model pagoda for example. It is funded primarily through donations and bequests and does not receive State or Federal funds.

Our world is both smaller and more diverse than it was 130 years ago, and understanding of other cultures has never been more important. As we reach this important milestone in our history, we kindly ask for your continued support.

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Christian McBurney- Dark Voyage

Please join us in the Museum Gallery on Monday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. for “Dark Voyage.” Our speaker, Christian McBurney, will discuss his new book, Dark Voyage: An American Privateer’s War on Britain’s Slave Trade, about the contribution American privateers made to the Revolutionary War effort, and the effect American privateers had on the British slave trade.

Open this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQZtR6kJyDMO1v0AKQoYrHA  to the Museum’s YouTube channel and open the “Live Now” panel.

We’re back in the Museum Gallery!

Our Fall 2022 Lecture Series will take place in-person in our Museum Gallery. The programs will also be live-streamed and recorded. Our members and friends will be able to watch the programs live on a computer or other device. Each program also will be available to view later by opening a link that will be posted on our website. If you would like to watch a program from home, please send an e-mail to Julie Wardwell, our Museum Administrator, at pdmoac@aol.com. She will send you the link to the live stream.

Our 2022 Fall Lecture Series opens on Columbus Day, Monday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m., with a presentation by Christian McBurney.