Digging up the Past, Nov. 5, 2020

Digging the past on Manisses Recent archaeological investigations on Block Island have provided evidence for 7,000 years of Native American occupation. On Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m., Jay Waller, senior archaeologist at The Public Archaeology Laboratory, will talk about some of the highlights of recent archaeological discoveries that are contributing to our understanding of Manissean Indian life. To register, send us an e-mail at pdmoac@aol.com.

To virtually attend our Fall programs, you will need to make a reservation. Send an e-mail to the museum office at pdmoac@aol.com and include the date of the program in the subject line of your e-mail. We will send you the link to the Zoom program. Please send us a separate reservation request for each program. Hope to see you on Zoom!

The Beautiful Companion of Ramesses II, Nov. 19, 2020

Nefertari was the favorite wife of Ramesses the Great, who reigned in Egypt from 1279 to 1213 B.C. The vibrantly-colored paintings that cover almost every available surface of her burial tomb are considered the best preserved in any ancient Egyptian burial site and the most eloquent and detailed description of an Egyptian’s journey to the afterlife. On Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m., Ruth Shilling, who has led more than 50 tours of Egypt, will take us on a virtual tour of this breathtaking and deeply moving site. To register, e-mail us at pdmoac@aol.com

December 11: Roger Williams’s Life in England, 7pm

 Have you ever wondered what Roger Williams’s life in England was like? Professor Charlotte Carrington-Farmer of Roger Williams University and National Park Service Ranger John McNiff will show us how they retraced Roger Williams’s footsteps in England with two groups of RWU students. 

The program will feature lots of photographs of seminal locations in Williams’s life, including the Smithfield district of London, Charterhouse School, and Pembroke College, Cambridge. Seventeenth-century maps and illustrations will be overlaid on the contemporary photos and maps. 

The students who took this trip were participants in RWU’s “Roger Seminar,” which explores themes such as freedom of conscience, social justice and intellectual exchange. Professor Carrington-Farmer and Ranger McNiff will place Williams in the wider context of early seventeenth-century English religious, social, and political history.

October 24: Wickford’s Historic Marker Program

 In July, the nonprofit Historic Wickford (“Histwick”) unveiled the final three markers in its Historic Marker project. The sixteen markers, all illustrated by local artists, tell fascinating stories about Wickford’s past. Together, they comprise a self-guided walking tour for anyone who wants to know more about the village’s three centuries of history. 

The impetus for the project came from North Kingstown Town Historian Tim Cranston, who wrote the text for all the markers. 

Tim will be at the Museum on Thursday, October 24 to talk about how the project took shape, where funding came from, and how Histwick recruited a team of talented local residents to create the markers. His program is sure to inspire others to start historic marker programs in their own villages.