Puritan social gospel and the City on a Hill with Francis Bremmer

Amidst the many discussions of whether John Winthrop’s call for Massachusetts to be a “city on a hill” was a claim for exceptionalism for themselves and a future America, not enough attention has been paid to what a “city on a hill” really meant in 17th-century New England. This talk by Dr. Francis J. Bremer […]

National American Indian Museum Visitor Services Specialist assists with search of Sowams artifacts

National American Indian Museum Visitor Services Specialist Melissa Bisagni was helpful in identifying dozens of Indigenous artifacts in their collection that originated in Sowams. Items from Bristol, Barrington, East Providence, Providence and Warren, RI that have been in the collection can be found by searching their on-line database. These items included glass beads, ornament fragments, brass spoons, pestles, cooking pots, pipe […]

Local historian searches for Native American past in Washington, DC

Armand Lione, an amateur historian who lives on Capitol Hill, believes very few Washingtonians stop to think about the Native Americans who once lived in what is now the nation’s capital. Sowams Heritage Area Project coordinator Dave Weed had a chance to meet with Armond on a recent trip to D.C. More than 400 years […]

Pokanoket paintings now on display at the Weaver Library in East Providence

Two paintings by artist Ruth Major were placed on display at the Weaver Public Library in East Providence, RI on September 3, 2021. Sowams Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dr. David Weed and Library Director Joyce May stand next to one depicting the Massasoit Ousamequin and the other the settlement where he lived. Today’s East […]

Dr. Weed completes week-long session with the Levanthal Map & Education Center

The Levanthal Map & Education Center at Boston Public Library invited 40 teachers from across the country to participate in a week-long on-line education program on 17th century colonial and Indigenous map making during the last week of August, 2021. Participants explored the history and landscape of 1600s New England, with an emphasis on the […]

Warren Town Council approves first municipal Land Acknowledgement in New England

Four hundred years after the first visit by Plymouth Pilgrims Edward Winslow and Stephen Hopkins to the home of the Pokanoket Massasoit Ousamequin, who had struck a treaty with them four months earlier, the Town Council of Warren, RI passed what is believed to be the first municipal Land Acknowledgement in New England. The Acknowledgement, […]

Trails Association president visits the Sowams Heritage Area

Lee and Sandi Black of the Oregon-California Trails Association paid a visit to the Sowams Heritage Area on June 22, 2021. Traveling from Albuquerque, NM, the couple included a stop in the lower Sowams Heritage Area in order to become more familiar with the 17th century history of the area. With stops that included the […]

Warren Town Council approves Study Committee recommendations

At a special meeting of the Warren, RI Town Council held on May 27, 2021, the following recommendations were unanimously approved: The Town Council adopt a complete Land Acknowledgement statement created by the Pokanoket Tribe/Pokanoket Nation New Town entrance signs reference Warren as “Sowams, the home of the Massasoit Ousamequin who welcomed the Pilgrims in […]

Boston by Map with the Leventhal Center

The Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library offered a 45-minute virtual session on historical geography with a focus on maps of early Boston. Click here to view the entire presentation. Public Engagement & Interpretation Coordinator Rachel Mead and volunteer Dennis McCarthy narrate this session, answer questions, and talk about the Map […]