Thursday, May 6: Thomas Hazard

Thomas Robinson Hazard (1797-1886), affectionately known as “Shepherd Tom,” was a South Kingstown-born farmer, industrialist, author, folklorist, social reformer and Spiritualist. John M. Peixinho will tell us about Hazard, his home, and his Spiritualist beliefs. Check out the Zoom presentation on our YouTube Channel here.

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Thursday, April 15: A Brief Social History of Stone Heaps

Archaeologist Timothy Ives, will present a 200-year social history of the stone heaps commonly found in New England’s forested hills. The purpose of Ives’s program is not to help us interpret the historical origin or cultural significance of any particular stone structure. Ives does not argue that there are no Native American ceremonial stone structures in New England. Instead, he wants to introduce us to related facts, patterns, and ideas that other researchers do not seem to be willing to openly address.

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Thursday, March 25: The Manitou Hassannash Preserve— Land of a Thousand Cairns See the presentation.

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In March of 2014, a Hopkinson resident brought two fellow hikers to see a wooded area off Lawton Foster Road with hundreds of unusual stone cairns crowded together so closely that you could stand next to one and touch another with your walking stick. On Thursday, March 25, James Gage will open our Spring Lecture Series with a program about the Manitou Hassannash Preserve. Mary Gage will join James to answer your questions.

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