Tourism presentation and workshop held at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Office

Dr. Tadayuki Hara, Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies gave a presentation on Tourism Satellite Accounting at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center in Pawtucket, RI, on October 11, 2018. Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator David Weed attended the presentation in order to learn how best to develop tourism in the Sowams […]

Sowams Heritage Area marketed at local farmers' markets

Sowams Heritage Area Coordinator Dave Weed has taken a display to some of the farmers’ markets in the area to market the project to the public. He has appeared at the Weaver Library market in East Providence, the Mount Hope Farm market in Bristol, and at the Schoolyard Market at Hope and Main in Warren. “The […]

Meeting with Laura McNamara of the East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce

Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dave Weed met with Laura McNamara, Executive Director of the East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce today to explore ways that they can support the Sowams Heritage Area Project. Laura provided the names of several people local historians who couls be helpful in telling the Sowams story, including that of […]

Sowams Heritage Area featured at Watchemoket Square Day in East Providence

The Sowams Heritage Area was one of three featured subjects at the annual Watchemoket Square Day event at Tockwotton on the Waterfront in East Providence on September 30, 2018. Project Coordinator Dr. David Weed presented a brief overview of the Sowams Heritage Area with a focus on the development of India Point in Providence and Bold […]

Lisa Brooks presents a New History of King Philip’s War at the Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth, MA

Lisa Brooks, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Amherst College gave a talk on her recently published book, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War at the Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth, MA. The book recovers a complex picture of war, captivity, and Native resistance during the “First Indian War” (later named King […]

Dr. Weed presents Sowams at a Bristol Historical & Preservation Society program

Dr. David Weed, coordinator of the Sowams Heritage Area Project, presented at an event organized by the Bristol Historical & Preservation Society at the Historic Statehouse building on September 24, 2018. Dr. weed began the presentation by talking about Massasoit Osamequin who welcomed the Pilgrims and kept a peace treaty for over fifty years. He went […]

Mashapaug Nahaganset Tribe joins the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy Annual Event

Members of the Mashapaug Nahaganset Tribe joined the Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy Annual Event on September 22, 2018 to help recognize the important role that the Hill played in the lives of indigenous people who occupied that land for thousands of years. Raymond “Two Hawks” Watson spoke at the event, saying “So Miantanomi came up here […]

Van Edwards leads a tour of historic Jennys Lane in Barrington

Dr. Burton Van Edwards, visiting lecturer at Bridgewater State University and Bryant University, conducted a tour of Mathewson Road and Jenny’s Lane in Barrington, RI on September 15, 2018 for the Barrington Preservation Society. He began with some of the early history of the town and went on to describe the legacy of Allen C. Mathewson […]

Sowams Heritage Area Project launched at Hunts Mill

East Providence Historical Society Co-chair Nancy Moore helped to launch the Sowams Heritage Area as a new preservation effort designed to identify the vestiges of the 17th century in eight communities. Project Coordinator David Weed welcomed about 25 people to the event held at the Hunt House Museum and outlined the goal of eventually developing […]