The Nipmuc Nation and the Hassanamisco Indian Museum Committee are working toward restoring the 200+ year-old Hassanamisco Homestead (or the Cisco Homestead) located on the tribe's three-acre reservation in Grafton, Massachusetts. In addition to serving as a homestead to the Cisco family, who served as leaders of the tribe from the late 19th century until the 1980s, this historic structure has also housed a tribal museum since 1962. The museum?s collections consist of over 3000 items that include books, manuscripts, photographs, furniture, and archaeological and ethnographic material. The museum and reservation have been a favorite destination for tourists, scout troops, school groups, and other organizations for decades. Both the Homestead and the reservation are presently under evaluation for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places under the category of Traditional Cultural Places.
The rate of deterioration of the Homestead has forced the building to be closed to the public,
and it is estimated that this restoration project and reopening of the Museum will cost approximately $300,000.
For further information on how to assist with this project,
contact the Nipmuc Nation Tribal Office at 774-317-9138
or Project Coordinator Rae Gould at 860-443-4646.