SOWAMS ACTIVITY BLOG

Rock Singewald discusses link with land conservation trusts

Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dave Weed recently sat down with Rock Singewald, who sits on the board of the Warren Land Conservation Trust, to discuss how the Trust can best honor the traditional ownership of the lands that the Trust now has under conservation. In addition to land at Jacob’s Point, the Trust will soon […]

Coastal Cove walk with Ernie Germani

East Providence Conservation Commissioner Ernie Germani and Deputy EMA Director Wayne Barnes led a group of about fifteen walkers to the three coastal inlets on the Providence River from Squantum Point to Watchemoket Cove. The route offers spectucular views of plant and wildlife along the river along the East Bay Bike Path. While Boyden Heights saw the […]

Meeting with Seaconke Tribe members

Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator Dave Weed and East Providence Historical Society Co-chair Nancy Moore met with Roger Lincoln and Michael Markley of the Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe at the Hunt House Museum in East Providence. The tribe is one of several, along with the Pokanoket Tribe, who lived in the Sowams Heritage Area, primarily around […]

Keith Morton leads a group to Margaret's Rock

Providence College American Studies Department Chair Keith Morton led a group of eight people on a walk to Margaret’s Cave, the place where Roger Williams was sheltered during the winter of 1636 before going on to Omega Pond. The group included Lende McMullen and Elissa Tardiff of the Carpenter Museum in Rehoboth and Steve Greenleaf of the East Providence Historical […]

Sowams Heritage Area featured on cable TV show

TV9 Seekonk Production Assistant Kevin Vidinha and Executive Director Cody Peixoto worked with local historian Dave Norton to produce a half-hour show specifically about the Sowams Heritage Area Project. Dave, who has his own “Discovering New England History” show on that same channel, agreed to host the special segment in preparation for the September 9th […]

Dave Norton explores King Philip War sites

King Philip War historian and producer of the Discovering Historic New England TV9 cable news program in Seekonk, Dave Norton, revealed several sites in East Providence that Sowams Heritage Area Cooridnator Dave Weed did not know about. Based on research that Norton recently discovered, he was able to locate the place on the Seekonk River […]

Town representatives form initial Steering Committee

Representatives of seven of the eight participating communities in the Sowams Heritage Area Project met for the first time to talk about the upcoming launch event in September. People from Bristol, Barrington, East Providence, Providence, Seekonk, Swansea, and Warren convened at the Barrington Public Library to discuss strategies for making a public announcement about the […]

Pokanoket Tribe members tell campers about their history

Members of the Pokanoket Tribe, led by Sagamore William Guy, told campers from Camp Wetu at Mount Hope Farm about their history and culture at an hour-long session at Potumtuk during their “Time Travel” week. Tribe members introduced themselves and offered a prayer in their native language before relating their history. After looking over some of […]

Carolyn Westgate invites Pokanoket Women to Teach Bead Work

Roger Williams University senior, Carolyn Westgate, invited Starlight and BlueShell of the Pokanoket Tribe to teach bead work to campers at Camp Wetu at Mount Hope Farm. Carolyn has worked with the tribe for several years and is familiar with the many things that the Tribe can teach her campers. Carolyn plans to concentrate on […]

Sowams Project Team Members Greg Spiess and Carl Ferreira meet

Carl Ferreira of Bristol and Greg Spiess of Warren had a chance to meet each other face-to-face for the first time at the Coffee Depot in Warren. Both Sowams Heritage Area Project Team Members have been working on different aspects of the project but hadn’t had a chance ot meet in person until today. Carl […]