October 2019

National Park Ranger John McNiff Brings the 17th Century to Life

Nancy Moore of the East Providence Historical Society introduced National Park Ranger John McNiff at Tockwotton on the Waterfront on October 28, 2019. McNiff assumed the character of Roger Williams and told the story of his banishment from Boston/Salem and his arrival in what is now East Providence in 1636. McNiff explained that Williams was given land […]

17th century presentations at the New England Historical Association Conference

Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI was the site of the 103rd meeting of the New England Historical Association (NEHA) Fall Conference on October 26, 2019. Associate Professor of History Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, Ph.D. (pictured left) hosted the conference with the assistance of faculty and staff. At noon, she offered a Land Acknowledgement of the Pokanoket […]

Dave Norton tells the John and Elizabeth Howland Pilgrim story

Dave Norton, host of the Seekonk Channel 9 TV show Discovering New England History, presented  a personalized perspective of the Pilgrim story through the story of one family, John and Elizabeth Howland, at the Seekonk Public Library on October 23, 2019.Adult Services Senior Librarian Michelle Gario introduced Dave who suggested a number of sources for those […]

Honoring Indigenous People at the Providence Honk Festival

Indigenous People’s Day was recognized during Providence Honk, a festival that included Land Acknowledgement, Indigenous Artist Blessing and Performance and a Peoples’ Ribbon Cutting and Torch Procession across the Pedestrian Footbridge in downtown Providence on October 14, 2019. Click here for a ten-minute video of the event.   (Above) Darlene Monroe, center, of the Narragansett […]

Honoring Indigenous People at the Providence Honk Festival

Indigenous People’s Day was recognized on October 14, 2019, during Providence Honk, a festival that included Land Acknowledgement, Indigenous Artist Blessing and Performance and a Peoples’ Ribbon Cutting and Torch Procession across the Pedestrian Footbridge in downtown Providence. Darlene Monroe of the Narragansett Nation spoke before Raymond Two Hawks Watson, Pomham Sachem of the Mashapaug […]

Neutaconkanut Hill Festival hosts guided hikes and Native storytelling and song

The 11th Annual  Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy Fall Festival on Neutaconkanut Hill was held on October 12, 2019, from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Meadow on Legion Memorial Drive. Members of the Providence Police Department Mounted Unit rode two Clydesdales onto the Meadow where people are gathered to hear music by Michael Wendoloski and roast marshmallows over […]

Archaeologist Erin Flynn talks about the early history of Swansea, MA

Public Archaeology Laboratory Project Archaeologist Erin Flynn spoke about her work in and around Swansea, MA to members the Swansea Historical Society on October 9, 2019. Historical Society president Carl Becker introduced Erin, who grew up in Swansea, to the Society members at one of their monthly meetings held at Christ Church in Swansea. Erin […]

Sowams Project presented at the Massasoit Historical Association in Warren

The 18th century Maxwell House on Water Street in Warren, RI was the venue for a presentation on the Sowams Heritage Area Project by Coordinator Dave Weed on October 8, 2019. Dr. Weed began by describing how the remains of the Massasoit Ousamequin, who met the Pilgrims in 1621, were returned to an ancient royal Pokanoket […]

Pokanokets and Pilgrims presentation at Watchemoket Square Day in East Providence

East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laura McNamara introduced Dr. David Weed at the first event of the Watchemoket Square Day in the Tockwotton Theatre. He gave a 45-minute talk about the relationship between the Pokanoket Tribe and the English Pilgrims during the 17th century that supported half a century of peace. Weed talked […]