Mashapaug Nahaganset Sachem discusses links with the Sowams Heritage Area Project

Mashapaug Nahaganset Sachem Raymond Two Hawks Watson, who is working on a regional Cultural Equity Meshanticut Initiative, met with Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dave Weed to talk about potential linkages between the two projects. They discussed how a larger project would bring in more potential participants who could then attract a larger audience, including […]

Pokanoket Tribal Council discusses ways to portray Tribal history

Members of the Pokanoket Tribal Council met with Sowams Heritage Area Team Members Nancy Fallon, Carl Ferreira and Dave Weed to talk about ways that the Sowams Heritage Project can relate a more accurate and complete history of the Tribe than has been historically portrayed in the existing literature. Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug, Tribal Council […]

17th Century MeetUp Group Finds Massasoit’s Home in Warren, RI

In the 19th century, Warren, RI, was purported to be the home of Massasoit based on Edward Winslow’s description of his journey from the Plymouth Colony to meet Massasoit in both in 1621 and in 1623. The 17th Century Rhode Island MeetUp group met to visit Burr’s Hill Park and the monument to Massasoit that sits above his […]

Don Doucette talks about the natural history of the Sowams Heritage Area

Long-time Attleboro resident Don Doucette has had a lifelong interest in exploring and understanding the land and water in the area around Sowams. Don spoke with Somams Heritage Coordinator Dave Weed on November 5, 2018 to share what he knows about the natural and native history of the area in a half-hour interview. The Blackstone, Coles, […]

Newman Church celebrates its 375th Anniversary

The Newman Congregational Church was founded in 1643 when a group followed Rev. John Newman from Weymouth, MA to settle on the east bank of the Seekonk River. A 375th Anniversary celebration held on November 4, 2018 included a lecture event prior to a musical presentation. Click here for the video of the lecture. This […]

Steering Committee meets to summarize progress to-date

Steering Committee members representing Bristol, East Providence, Providence and Warren met at the Barrington Public Library on October 30,2018 to summarize progress to-date on the Sowams Heritage Area Project. Project Coordinator Dave Weed began with a review of the October 9th Project Launch and summarized activity since that time to distribute over 2,000 brochures throughout […]

Swansea Historical Society Hears Sowams Presentation

Historical Society President Carl Becker welcomed members of the Swansea Historical Society on October 23, 2018 and introduced Dr. David Weed with whom he has worked on identifying 17th century historical sites in Swansea. Dr. Weed’s presentation included photos of the Old Eddy Burial Ground in the center of Swansea which contains graves of Eddy family members who were buried […]

Sowams Heritage Area Presented at Tockwotton

Speakers from the Sowams Heritage Area Project were invited by the East Providence Historical Society to offer a three-part presentation at Tockwotton on the Waterfront on October 22, 2018. After Historical Society Co-chair Nancy Moore introduced the program speakers to the audience in the Tockwotton theatre, Dave Weed began the program by talking about some of […]