Dr. Weed teaches about Sowams at the Barrington Learning Center

Dr. David Weed gave a 90-minute talk about the history of Sowams, the home of the Massasoit Osamequin in Warren and Barrington, to a group at the Barrington Learning Center on November 15, 2019. Weed described how the relationship between the Pokanoket natives and the English colonists insured their survival in the years following a 1621 treaty […]

Hike the Mowry Path that Metacom, Weetamoe and their followers took to the Taunton River

Everett Castro of Green Futures led a three-hour, six-mile walk in the Watuppa Reservation along part of the Mowry Path that Metacom, Weetamoe and their followers took at the start of King Philip’s War in June, 1675, to escape the English Militia that had pursued them to Mount Hope in present-day Bristol. The group stopped at King Philip’s Spring (number 9 on […]

DCR archaeologist describes the first people of Fall River to seniors

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Archaeologist Ellen Berkland introduced about forty seniors at the Second Half Lifelong Learning Center in Fall River to the first people who entered this region over 12,000 year ago at a presentation she gave on November 5, 2019. Ellen has been a practicing archaeologist for over 30 years, including work for […]

Paul Cote leads family members and Meetup group to Abram’s Rock in Swansea

Local historian and Bristol Community College faculty member Paul Cote conducted a four corners blessing at the top of Abram’s Rock in Village Park behind the Swansea Town Hall.on November 3, 2019. Starting at Village Park behind the Swansea Town Hall and Library, Paul led a group of 27 to Abram’s Rock, a large conglomerate stone outcropping in the […]

NEARA Conference explores early boundaries and indigenous migration patterns

About fifty members of the New England Antiquities Research Association held their fall conference at the Warwick Radisson Hotel on November 1st and 2nd, 2019. Much of the conference centered on the identification and preservation of ceremonial stone landscapes in New England but also featured an early video by Morse Payne on how town boundaries were laid out beginning […]

National Park Ranger John McNiff Brings the 17th Century to Life

Nancy Moore of the East Providence Historical Society introduced National Park Ranger John McNiff at Tockwotton on the Waterfront on October 28, 2019. McNiff assumed the character of Roger Williams and told the story of his banishment from Boston/Salem and his arrival in what is now East Providence in 1636. McNiff explained that Williams was given land […]

17th century presentations at the New England Historical Association Conference

Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI was the site of the 103rd meeting of the New England Historical Association (NEHA) Fall Conference on October 26, 2019. Associate Professor of History Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, Ph.D. (pictured left) hosted the conference with the assistance of faculty and staff. At noon, she offered a Land Acknowledgement of the Pokanoket […]

Dave Norton tells the John and Elizabeth Howland Pilgrim story

Dave Norton, host of the Seekonk Channel 9 TV show Discovering New England History, presented  a personalized perspective of the Pilgrim story through the story of one family, John and Elizabeth Howland, at the Seekonk Public Library on October 23, 2019.Adult Services Senior Librarian Michelle Gario introduced Dave who suggested a number of sources for those […]

Honoring Indigenous People at the Providence Honk Festival

Indigenous People’s Day was recognized during Providence Honk, a festival that included Land Acknowledgement, Indigenous Artist Blessing and Performance and a Peoples’ Ribbon Cutting and Torch Procession across the Pedestrian Footbridge in downtown Providence on October 14, 2019. Click here for a ten-minute video of the event.   (Above) Darlene Monroe, center, of the Narragansett […]