Meeting with Pokanoket Tribal Council Members

Members of the Pokanoket Tribal Council, including Po Wauipi Neimpaug, Sagamore,of the Pokanoket Nation, William Guy, met for three hours with Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator David Weed. Dr. Weed reviewed the purpose of the project to help the public better understand the events of the 17th century and the transition from Indigenous control to colonial […]

Church historian describes 17th century church in Bristol

Bristol First Congregational Church Historian Dyan Vaughn met with Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dave Weed to describe the early history of the Church which was organized in 1680. Its first meeting house was constructed in 1684 on the Town Commons, and its present building is on High Street where items from the original Church […]

Meeting with John Chaney of the Massasoit Historical Association

Sowams Heritage Area Coordinator Dave Weed met with Massasoit Historical Society Trustee John Chaney at the George Hail Library in Warren, RI. The Society began in 1950s,when it made arrangements for sheep to graze in the North Burial Grounds. Later, it ran the Museum of the George Hail Free Library. The Association charges itself with the […]

Helen Hersh Tjader Tells the Untold Story of Sowams in East Providence

Sowams Heritage Area Team Member Helen Hersh Tjader presented a one-hour talk on “Sowams – The Untold Story” at the East Providence Public Library. Emphasizing the wonderful natural resources of the land and water in the area, Helen told the story of how the land has been transformed into the communities we see today. She […]

Professor Edwards talks about 17th Century land changes in Sowams

History professor Burton Van Edwards began a presentation about Old Barrington Village with a description of the earliest days of the town, starting with the Wannamoisett Purchase of 1641 from Massasoit. Using an excellent series of maps, he went on to detail the many changes that took place over the next century that resulted in […]

Meeting at the Bristol Historical & Preservation Society

Bristol Historical and Preservation Society President Dory Skemp and Executive Director Dr. Catherine Zipf met with Sowams Heritage Area Coordiantor Dr. David Weed to outline how the Society can join the effort to discover the 17th century in Bristol and seven other communities. The town is home to at least four present-day locations with direct ties […]

Walk to Margaret's Cave

Birch Swamp Road resident and Providence College faculty member Dr. Keith Morton (left) and Barrington physicain Charles McCoy, MD, (right) invited Sowams Heritage Area Team Members Greg Spiess (center), Helen Hersh Tjader and Dave Weed to walk to Margaret’s Cave and hike through the nearby property owned by Dr. McCoy that was the likely site of the Massasoit’s […]

Meeting with the Warren Preservation Society

Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dave Weed met with the board of the Warren Preservation Society to request that they serve as the fiscal agent for a Rhode Island Council for the Humanities mini-grant that will be submitted at the end of April. If approved, the grant will fund an initial launch of the project […]

Letters of Roger Williams examined at RWU

Author and ethnographic consultant Julie A. Fisher led students at Roger Williams University in an exercise in deciphering the 17th century writing of Roger Williams before giving a presentation on her book, Ninigret, Sachem of the Niantics and Narragansetts. RWU History Professor Dr. Charlotte Carrington-Farmer also invited Roger Williams Memorial Park Ranger John McNiff to […]

Nancy Moore and Dave Weed discuss upcoming plans

East Providence Historical Society President Nancy Moore met with Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dave Weed to talk over upcoming plans. Ms. Moore laid out upcoming plans for the Historical Society over the coming summer so that Dr. Weed could coordinate plans for a public launch of the Sowams Heritage Area later in the summer. […]