Meeting with Local History Experts

Sowams Heritage Area team members Helen Hersh Tjader and Dave Weed held a two-hour meeting at the Barrington Preservation Society Museum with Barbara Hail, former Director of Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum at Mount Hope in Bristol, Burton Van Edwards, history faculty member at Bryant University and Bridgewater State College, and Bonnie Warren, who initiated the Historic Preservation Program at Roger Williams University and worked for many years for the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission. Van and Bonnie are also members of the Barrington Preservation Society. Helen and Dave began the meeting by outlining the Sowams Heritage Area concept and then solicited ideas from the three experts on ways to improve the project going forward. Helen and Dave thanked the three of them for their input and look forward to speaking with them again as the project moves forward.

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