SOWAMS ACTIVITY BLOG

Providence Rotarians hear about the Sowams Heritage Area

Providence Rotary Club President Art Norwalk welcomed Sowams Heritage Area Coordinator David Weed to a meeting at the Providence Marriott on March 18, 2019, where he gave a 20-minute presentation about the history of the 17th century in and around Providence that he has discovered over the past two years. Dave took questions from more […]

Pokanoket Tribe renews the Covenant at Potumtuk

Members of the Pokanoket Tribe gathered at Potumtuk, the name for Mount Hope and King Philip’s Seat in Bristol, RI. for a Renewal of the Covenant ceremony on March 17, 2019. Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug, William Guy, led the ceremony after Medicine Man Roger “Gray Fox” Desrosiers prayed. Then the Sagamore explained the ceremony before it began and invited a young boy to come […]

Sowams Heritage Area Presented at Boston History Camp

Sowams Heritage Area Coordinator Dr. David Weed presented to over fifty participants in the 6th annual History Camp, held at Suffolk University Law School across from the 1660 Granary Burial Ground in downtown Boston. The event was a terrific opportunity to present the Project to people throughout New England, many of whom had never heard […]

Palmer Elementary School learns about the Pokanoket Tribe

Six third grade classes at the Palmer Elementary School in Rehoboth, MA, were treated to a presentation on the history and culture of the Pokanoket Tribe by Tribe members on March 15, 2019. Sagamore William Guy began by telling the children that he is the 10th generation descendant of the Massasoit Osamequn who welcomed the […]

Eliot Bible on display at the Natick History Society

A rare copy of a second edition of the Eliot Bible, printed in 1685 in Cambridge, was on display for one evening at an event at the Natick Historical Society on March 15, 2019. The event was part of a talk on the Power of Art by U.K. artists Neville and Joan Gabie who are […]

Portsmouth celebrates the 1638 founding of the Town

The President and Vice-President of the Portsmouth, RI, Historical Society held an anniversary event to celebrate the 1638 founding of the Town on March 7, 2019 at Town Hall. The event included remarks by Town Council Vice-President Linda Ujifusa and ancestor of Founder John Sanford David Chase. The actual compact that was signed by the […]

Gravestone Girl offers virtual tour of Bristol cemeteries

Gravestone Girl Brenda Sullivan presented “Welcome to the Graveyard,” a virtual tour of Bristol’s cemeteries at the Bristol Statehouse. “Cemeteries are living history museums. You can walk through that gate at any moment in time and be transported back to two, three, in some cases four hundred years.” Brenda focused on the evolution of cemeteries over […]

Rehoboth Historical Commission hears interpretive sign proposal

Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dr. David Weed presented a proposal for establishing interpretive signage at eight locations throughout the Area, including one in the Rehoboth Village, to members of the Rehoboth Historical Commission. The signs provide information about events and locations from the 17th century that can still be found today. The Commission has […]

DiscoverNewport staff explore connections with the Sowams Heritage Area

DiscoverNewport Sales Manager Chris Siravo, Senior Communications Manager Andrea McHugh, and CEO & President Evan Smith met with Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dave Weed met to discuss possible collaborations. DiscoverNewport leads travel and tourism development and marketing in nine coastal communities, including Bristol, Warren and Barrington, part of the Sowams Heritage Area. The four […]