Haile Farm Preserve in Warren, RI, gets ready to open trails for the Spring

On the former Bowen-Haile-Nunes Farmstead, a rare surviving representative of a 17th century Narragansett Bay saltwater livestock farm now given over largely to development, stands the oldest extant house in Warren. The Warren Land Conservation Trust acquired approximately sixty acres of the original farm land on the eastern shore of the Palmer River that now is […]

Roger Williams’ Early Life in London, England

Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, grew up in Smithfiled, London, in the early 1600s before moving to America in 1631. During that time, he witnessed dozens of people being burned at the stake in West Smithfield for their religious beliefts. He knew Captain John Smith, who settled Jamestown in 1609, as he would […]

British Museum display fails to include the story of Sowams

The British Museum in London cares for around 90,000 contemporary, historical and archaeological objects that reflect the diversity of culture spanning more than 12,000 years across a third of the world’s landmass. Among its holding are the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles, and a head from Easter Island. The British Museum also holds thousands of objects from the Americas including […]

Author Philippa Gregory visits Potumtuk with the Pokanoket Sagamore and Sachem

Pokanoket Nation Sagamore Winds of Thunder (William Guy) related some of their history to internationally acclaimed British author Philippa Gregory (pictured right) while his daughter, Sachem Dancing Star and his grandson, Winding River, listened close to the Massasoit’s Seat at Mt. Hope in Bristol on February 13, 2020. The author was visiting from England to […]

Author Jean O'Brien speaks about "Monumental Mobility" at Brown University forum

Jean M. O’Brien (White Earth Ojibwe) is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, O’Brien is the author of Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit (with Lisa Blee, North Carolina, 2019). Dr. O’Brien’s spoke at Brown University on February 11, 2020 about […]

Local tribal chiefs meet with the Rhode Island Foundation representative

Members of the newly formed Rhode Island American Indian Heritage Commission met with Executive Vice President of Strategy & Community Investments Jessica David of the Rhode Island Foundation on February 10, 2020 to talk about ways they might collaborate to increase public awareness of the American Indian tribes in Rhode Island. Ideas expressed included speaking […]

Roger Williams celebrated as part of traveling exhibit’s stop at local library

Marc Kohler, the founder of the Roger Williams Educational Foundation, spoke at the Cranston Public Library’s Central Library on January 25, 2020 in conjunction with the “Roving Roger” exhibit. Sponsored by the Rhode Island Department of State, the exhibit features a 7-foot statue of Williams along with a range of educational materials. Included in the exhibit was a copy of […]