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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 […]

Film group visits Roger Williams' shelter at Margaret's Rock

Melissa Parson, her husband and sound person, John Ewing, paid a visit to Margaret’s Rock with their friend and script writer, Rebecca Hughes (pictured left), on July 24, 2023. Melissa is a documentary filmmaker, videographer, and descendent of Roger Williams from Seattle who is working on a film about Williams and visited to get footage […]

National Parks Conservation Association supports the Sowams Heritage Project

Following a visit last year by Northeast Outreach and Engagement Manager Timothy Leonard of the National Parks Conservation Association‘s Northeast Regional Office in New York City, the Association recently donated $5,000 to the Sowams Heritage Area Project. The funds will be used to complete the feasibility study that is currently underway that will be submitted to […]

Lifelong Learning class explores historic locations in Sowams

(Left) A dozen participants in the Lifelong Learning Collaborative visited the Seat of Metacom in Bristol, RI as part of an eight week series of meetings from June 30th to August 18th to explore 17th century locations in Sowams, the home of the Massasoit Ousamequin. Titled “Forget Plymouth Rock – It All Started Right Here: […]

Plimoth Patuxet Museum directors tour Sowams

Plimoth Patuxet Museum Executive Director Ellie Donovan and Deputy Director Richard Pickering paid a visit to Sowams on June 15, 2023 as a follow-up to a presentation that Pickering did on March 22nd with Pokanoket Tribal Historian Donald Brown, Jr. at Roger Williams University recognizing the 400th anniversary of Pilgrim Edward Winslow’s encounter with the […]