The oldest Indian owned and operated museum in America, Gladys Tantaquidgeon along with her brother, Harold and father John, built in 1931.
"Father and brother Harold built the little stone original museum that was begun in 1930 and completed and opened in 1931. The purpose of this little stone room was to house our collection of various artifacts that had been made and used by our people and were scattered about our living quarters here and there so that not only our own people could enjoy them but others as well ... Father was disabled at the time, and he had to use a cane, and he was blind in one eye. But according to what my brother said, I guess he handled every one of the granite fieldstones used in the construction of that building ... When it was finally completed members of the community and other Mohegans brought in things to put on display ... From the beginning, Tantaquidgeon Museum was to be the place where we keep Mohegan treasures." Gladys Tantaquidgeon.