Our goal is to preserve and to celebrate. The CVME has one of the largest collections of books in English relating to the history and culture of Cape Verde and Cape Verdean Americans. From early reports on the slave trade to rare Independence-era pamphlets, the library has a unique, non-circulating collection. In addition, they also have a number of hard to find documentaries about life on the islands and a substantial map collection. The exhibits in the museum cover many areas- whaling, the cranberry industry, arts and crafts, immigration to Rhode Island and Massachusetts, independence from Portugal, the longshoremen and the communities of Fox Point, East Providence and New Bedford.