SOWAMS ACTIVITY BLOG

Seekonk Reporter Leslie Patterson writes about the Sowams Heritage Area

Writing in the January 2020 edition of the Seekonk Reporter, feature writer Leslie Patterson published an article about the Sowams Heritage Area project on page 46. In the article, she describes the goals of the project to help people explore the history of Sowams, the original homeland of the Pokanoket Tribe. She includes a link […]

Sowams Heritage Area video now airing on statewide cable television

Over fifty videos from the Sowams Heritage Area website have started to air once a week on the statewide Rhode Island PEG interconnect system. The one-hour shows will air on Channel 13 on Cox or Full Channel connections and on Channel 32 on Verizon cable connections. Currently the air times are set at 7:00 a.m. […]

Sowams Project Steering Committee meets to consider next steps

Eight members of the Sowams Project Steering Committee met on January 14, 2020 to consider ideas for the next steps leading to establishing a National Heritage Area within the eight project communities over the next eight years. The group reviewed the progress-to-date on interpretive signage, brochure and pocket tour guide distribution, cable TV programming, collaboration […]

East Providence Mayor promotes the Sowams Heritage Area

Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dr. David Weed greeted East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva at his first public coffee hour at Borealis Coffee Company in Riverside.  The Mayor fielded questions and discussed a number of topics relevant to East Providence residents but took time to talk about the relevance of the Sowams Heritage Area Project […]

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 […]

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, 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 […]