Sowams paintings now on display at the Blanding Library in Rehoboth

Two paintings by artist Ruth Major were placed on display at the Blanding Free Public Library in Rehoboth, MA on January 18, 2022, as part of the Sowams Heritage Area Project. One depicts the Pokanoket Massasoit Ousamequin, who welcomed the Pilgrims in 1621, and the other depicts one of his winter villages. In the photo to the left, Library Director Whitney Pape and staff member Meredith Richards stand next to the two paintings displayed in the main room of the Library. The Artist researched each painting so that the elements within each came from descriptions in 17th century documents and are thereby historically accurate. Click here for a description of the portrait, here for one of the settlement, here for a booklet about the Pokanoket Tribe, and here for a 7-minute video about the painting of the Sowams winter settlement. The paintings are on loan to the Library until the end of February from the Warren Preservation Society. The paintings have been on display at the Rogers Free Library in Bristol, the Barrington Public Library, the Weaver Library in East Providence, and the George Hail Library in Warren, RI.