2023

Pokanokets acknowledged at Historic New England conference in Providence

The Pokanoket Tribe was included in a list of tribes acknowledged by Danikah Chartier, a member of the Abenaki Tribe and a staff member of Historic New England, at the opening of the Historic New England Summit held in Providence on November 2nd and 3rd, 2023, at the Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium. Her land acknowledgement begins […]

East Providence Cultural Center proposed for Hunt's Mills historical location

East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva led a public workshop on October 16, 2023 at City Hall to solicit opinions for a proposed East Providence Cultural Center to be built at Hunt’s Mills with amenities that include a reception area, presentation space, exhibit areas, bathrooms and a conference room. Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dr. David […]

Sowams Project tables at Narragansett Bay Estuary Conference at RWU

In addition to their human inhabitants, the watersheds and estuaries in Sowams are home to a stunning array of wildlife. Many of these species are commercially and culturally important; some are regionally or federally threatened; and, all have ecological and intrinsic value. The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program sponsored its second annual day-long conference at Roger Williams University in […]

Somerset Showcase features the Sowams Heritage Area Project

Local Writer/Editor of the Somerset Sentinel, George Austin, sits down with Sowams Heritage Area Coordinator, David Weed, and Somerset Historical Society Treasurer, John Larsen, to discuss many topics, including Somerset’s Native American history, what the Sowams Heritage Area Project is, and what that designation could do for the area. They made a special invitation to […]

Dr. Weed presents the Sowams Project to the Seekonk Select Board

Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dr. David Weed was introduced by Seekonk Town Planner to the Select Board on September 28, 2023. In his seven-minute presentation, Weed described what a National Heritage Area is and how it could help to address economic development, tourism, education and environmental efforts in the nine-town region of which Seekonk […]

Click here for hundreds of past 17th century related events, including web pages and links to videos Upcoming 17th Century Related Events Sunday, July 14, Noon – 5:00 PM, East Providence Intertribal PowWow, Pierce Field (Lyons Avenue side), Free, public welcome Saturday, July 20, 2:00 – 3:30 PM, Boston: The Prequel, Why is Boston named […]

The Sowams Heritage Area Project

National Heritage Areas: National Heritage Areas (NHAs) are living, working landscapes that honor the important role of a region in our country’s development and celebrate its contribuions to American history and culture. Through dynamic public-private partnerships, NHAs provide a way to recognize, share, and conserve a region’s significant history and outstanding qualities. National Heritage Areas […]