2019

Mayflower Author Nathaniel Philbrick meets the Pokanoket Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug

Pokanoket Nation Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug (William Guy) was introduced to Mayflower author Nathaniel Philbrick at the Providence Athenaeum by Philbrick’s cousin, Timothy, ahead of his presentation at the Unitarian Church nearby on December 12, 2019. The Athenaeum, sponsor of the Author’s talk, provided a reception at which Philbrick met the Pokanoket Sagamore, Winds of […]

17th Century Sowams Presented at the Rehoboth History Club

Sowams Heritage Area Coordinator David Weed presented the 17th century history of the Sowams Heritage Area to members of the Rehoboth History Club at the Blanding Public Library in Rehoboth on December 17, 2019. Club organizer Hank Coleman opened the program with a reference to Nathaniel Philbrick’s recent talk that was attended by ten members […]

Mayflower Author Nathaniel Philbrick meets the Pokanoket Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug

  Pokanoket Nation Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug (William Guy) is introduced to Mayflower author Nathaniel Philbrick at the Providence Athenaeum by Philbrick’s cousin, Timothy, ahead of his presentation at the Unitarian Church nearby on December 12, 2019.   The Athenaeum, sponsor of the Author’s talk, provided a reception at which the Author’s cousin, Timothy Philbrick […]

Roger Williams in England at the Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture

In 2017 and 2019, Professor Charlotte Carrington-Farmer of Roger Williams University and Historian John McNiff retraced Roger Williams’ footsteps in England with groups of RWU students. At the Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture, they presented highlights of those trips to a packed audience on December 11, 2019. Museum Board President Lisa Fiore welcomed a standing-room-only crowd to hear […]

Four women tour three indigenous locations in the Sowams Heritage Area

Four women, who call themselves the “Broad Scholars” and who explore various locations in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts, joined Sowams Heritage Area Coordinator Dave Weed to explore some 17th century locations, including King’s Rock, in Swansea. The rock was known historically as the “National Grinding Stone” where indigenous women would grind their corn by rolling […]

City of East Providence celebrates Native American Heritage Month with the Pokanoket Tribe

Members of the Pokanoket Tribe appeared at the East Providence City Hall on November 20, 2019 to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. City Affirmative Action / EEO Officer Elmer C. Pina welcomed the audience and City Council President Robert Britto welcomed members of the Pokanoket, Narragansett and Seaconke Tribes to the event. Local historian and program coordinator David O’Connell then thanked everyone who […]

East Bay's Native history a labor of love for a Warren man

The Warren Times published an article on November 13, 2019 that described the efforts of Warren resident David Weed to establish a National Heritage Area that features local 17th century history. Editor Ted Hayes reported: “Places like Plymouth or the Great Swamp may get more attention, but a local historian says this area’s rich Native […]

17th century tour guides distributed in the eight Sowams communities

Discover the history of the Sowams Heritage Area and the story of East Bay, RI and nearby Massachusetts in the 17th century with this series of tour brochures from Sowams Heritage Area made possible with RICH grant funding. Thank you to WPS member David Weed for your dedication to this project. The six pocket-size tour […]

Council Oak in Somerset properly trimmed in 2015 ceremony

Fire Keeper for the Royal House of the Pokanokets, Dighton Intertribal Council, and Affiliated Tribes of New England, Gray Fox (Roger Desrosiers) spiritually cleansed the area around the 400 year old Council Oak on the property of Saint Thomas More Church at 386 Luther Ave, Somerset, MA on November 25, 2015. The tree is thought […]

Sowams history celebrated over 100 years ago in 1914 Warren pageant

In 1914, the Town of Warren put on a pageant to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Founding of the First Church and of Rhode Island College, and now Brown University, and of the setting off of the town of Warren in 1746. The Pageant was given on the afternoons of October 9th, 10th and […]