Davison Bolster tells children about Massasoit at Burr's Hill Park

Local historian Davison Bolster spoke to about thirty children at the Warren Recreation Department summer program at Burr’s Hll Park in Warren, RI. The Park is the location where over 600 items taken from 42 Aboriginal graves in 1913 were re-interred in May of 2017. Bolster talked about how American Aboriginal people lived and how […]

Nancy & Carl Ferreira Connect with the Pokanoket Tribe

Nancy Fallon and Carl Ferreira, seen here at Colt State Park in Bristol, RI, with Sowams Heritage Area Coordinator Dave Weed, have been getting to know members of the Pokanoket Tribe and recently participated in the annual Strawberry Festival on the grounds of Mt. Hope Farm in Bristol. Carl is also interested in Aboriginal stone […]

First 17th Century MeetUp Gathers at the Roger Williams Memorial

Rev. Dr. Charles Hartman gave a 45-minute presentation on Roger Williams at the Roger Williams Memorial on North Main Street in Providence on June 24, 2018. The presentation was the first in the 17th Century Rhode Island MeetUp events scheduled for the summer of 2018.  He described how Williams left England in 1630 came initially to Boston, Plymouth and Salem […]

Plans for Plymouth 400 events outlined

  Plymouth 400 Executive Director Michelle Pecoraro and Program Manager Cheryl Soares held an event at the Plymouth Public Library on June 23rd to outline the upcoming events planned for the celebration of the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620. They are recruiting volunteers for a series of events that will take place between now […]

East Providence Historical Commission gets an update on Sowams

Members of the East Providence Historical Commission invited Dr. Weed to a meeting to receive an update on the Sowams Heritage Area Project, including plans for a launch event on September 9th at the John Hunt House headquarters of the East Providence Historical Society. A planning meeting for that event will be scheduled for late […]

The Warren Preservation Society receives an update on the Sowams Project

  Warren Preservation Society President Eileen Collins introduced Dr. David Weed, Coordinator of the Sowams Heritage Area Project, who then described the project to about thirty members of the Society at their June quarterly meeting. It was a chance to update the group about the project since Helen Hersh Tjader first described the project at […]

Ted Ballard describes the archaeology and early history of Rehoboth

Retired engineer Ted Ballard began his work in archaeology in 1993 in conjunction with the Massachusetts Archaeological Society headquartered at the Robbins Museum in Middleborough. Ted sat down with Sowams Heritage Area Coordinator Dr. David Weed at Ted’s house in Rehoboth  to talk about the geology of the area and the settlements of early people in […]

Rev. Dr. Charles Hartman meets with Dr. Weed

Rev. Dr. Charles Hartman, co-author of Baptists in Early North America-Swansea with William Brackney, met with Sowams Heritage Area Coordinator Dr. David Weed to work on the development of a website on Nockum Hill and the early Baptists in Swansea, MA. Dr. Hartman is an expert on the founding and history of the founding of the […]

Dr. Weed talks about Sowams at the Celebrating Rehoboth Through Genealogy event

  Sowams Heritage Area Coordinator Dr. David Weed spoke with participants about 17th century maps at the Celebrating Rehoboth Through Genealogy event at the Carpenter Museum on May 12, 2018. Presentations by both Rhode Island Historical Society Librarian Phoebe Bean and Dr. J. Stanley Lemons referred to important historical events in 17th century Rehoboth. At […]

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 […]