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Paul Cote leads family members and Meetup group to Abram’s Rock in Swansea

Local historian and Bristol Community College faculty member Paul Cote conducted a four corners blessing at the top of Abram’s Rock in Village Park behind the Swansea Town Hall.on November 3, 2019. Starting at Village Park behind the Swansea Town Hall and Library, Paul led a group of 27 to Abram’s Rock, a large conglomerate stone outcropping in the […]

NEARA Conference explores early boundaries and indigenous migration patterns

About fifty members of the New England Antiquities Research Association held their fall conference at the Warwick Radisson Hotel on November 1st and 2nd, 2019. Much of the conference centered on the identification and preservation of ceremonial stone landscapes in New England but also featured an early video by Morse Payne on how town boundaries were laid out beginning […]

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 […]