July 2022

Sowams painting now on display at the George Hail Library in Warren

A large painting of “A Visit to Massasoit’s Winter Village, Pokanoket in Sowams, c. Fall, 1620” by Ruth Major is now on display at the George Hail Library in downtown Warren, RI. The painting was commissioned by the Warren Preservation Society using a gift from the Idalia C. Whitcomb Charitable Trust. The historical painting scene […]

The Contradictions Behind America’s Oldest July Fourth Celebration

From the July 5, 2022 edition of the Saturday Evening Post, by Ben Railton Bristol is intertwined with the even more foundational American history of violence through its role in the brutal late 17th century conflict between the English and the Wampanoag known as King Philip’s War. Long before English settlers arrived in the region, it was […]

Proposal to place historical Wampanoag leader on new state seal gets cool reception

By Adam Reilly WGBH.org, July 19, 2022 The special commission charged with reimagining the Massachusetts state seal is balking at a proposal to feature Ousamequin — the Wampanoag leader whose aid to the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony is memorialized by the holiday of Thanksgiving — in any redesign. The idea of using the image of Ousamequin, who was known to […]

Cruel or courageous? A new reading of Mary Rowlandson's captivity narrative

Many Americans learn about Mary Rowlandson in high school. Her tale of traveling with Indigenous people as a prisoner in 1676, during King Philip’s War, is still read in US high schools and colleges. Far fewer Americans know about Weetamoo, the Pocasset saunkskwa with whom Rowlandson travelled, who did all that bravery and humanity could […]