About Us.

Your Support is Important!

The Cape Verdean Museum Exhibit is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization staffed entirely by volunteers. We exist and thrive due to the generous support of the many wonderful people who have given us donations small and large. Please consider making a tax-deductible financial donation to the museum today. You can mail your contribution to us or contact us, to make arrangements.

Our goal is to preserve and to celebrate. We are here for the community today and for future generations. Families, school groups and scholars have found us a one-of-a-kind resource for the special history of Cape Verdeans. We are able to tell that story because of the thoughtful gifts we have received. From family photos to ship advertisements, even the debutante ball sash and longshoreman’s hook that sit alongside gifts from the Presidents of Cape Verde, all give an important perspective on Cape Verdean history. If you have something you would like to preserve and share with the community, please contact us. We are particularly interested in items relating to migration from the 1920s to the 1950s, such as passports and immigration documents. We are truly grateful for your support.

About theMuseum

The grand opening of our current location in East Providence, Rhode Island, was held on October 8, 2005. The museum opened permanently for regular visitors on March 25, 2006. The current President and original founder of the Cape Verdean Museum Exhibit is Denise Oliveira.

As you may read in our newsletter, the museum and its volunteers regularly take part in cultural events around Rhode Island. The museum welcomes school and group visits by special arrangement. Members of the museum have also made visits to schools for presentations. Please contact our education coordinator for more information.

The museum has held several Tardi Kultural, "Culture in the Afternoon" events, where we have had traditional music, poetry and art.

We also maintain the Cape Verdean Heritage Hall of Fame, which recognizes the extraordinary accomplishments of Cape Verdean-Americans. Family members and people from the community can nominate individuals for this award by filling out a submission form and detailing their nominee’s contributions. Specific guidelines will be released when the next Hall of Fame event is planned.

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