April 2018

Professor Edwards talks about 17th Century land changes in Sowams

History professor Burton Van Edwards began a presentation about Old Barrington Village with a description of the earliest days of the town, starting with the Wannamoisett Purchase of 1641 from Massasoit. Using an excellent series of maps, he went on to detail the many changes that took place over the next century that resulted in […]

Meeting at the Bristol Historical & Preservation Society

Bristol Historical and Preservation Society President Dory Skemp and Executive Director Dr. Catherine Zipf met with Sowams Heritage Area Coordiantor Dr. David Weed to outline how the Society can join the effort to discover the 17th century in Bristol and seven other communities. The town is home to at least four present-day locations with direct ties […]

Walk to Margaret's Cave

Birch Swamp Road resident and Providence College faculty member Dr. Keith Morton (left) and Barrington physicain Charles McCoy, MD, (right) invited Sowams Heritage Area Team Members Greg Spiess (center), Helen Hersh Tjader and Dave Weed to walk to Margaret’s Cave and hike through the nearby property owned by Dr. McCoy that was the likely site of the Massasoit’s […]

Meeting with the Warren Preservation Society

Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dave Weed met with the board of the Warren Preservation Society to request that they serve as the fiscal agent for a Rhode Island Council for the Humanities mini-grant that will be submitted at the end of April. If approved, the grant will fund an initial launch of the project […]

Letters of Roger Williams examined at RWU

Author and ethnographic consultant Julie A. Fisher led students at Roger Williams University in an exercise in deciphering the 17th century writing of Roger Williams before giving a presentation on her book, Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts. RWU History Professor Dr. Charlotte Carrington-Farmer also invited Roger Williams Memorial Park Ranger John McNiff to […]

Nancy Moore and Dave Weed discuss upcoming plans

East Providence Historical Society President Nancy Moore met with Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dave Weed to talk over upcoming plans. Ms. Moore laid out upcoming plans for the Historical Society over the coming summer so that Dr. Weed could coordinate plans for a public launch of the Sowams Heritage Area later in the summer. […]

2nd Sunday Hunts Mills Hike

Ernie Germani, webmaster for the Trails and Walks RI web site and Vice Chair of the East Providence Conservation Commission, led a guided hike around the grounds at Hunts Mills along with the Ten Mile River Watershed Council on April 8, 2018. The event coincided with the Hunts Mills open house that takes place on the […]