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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Digging up the Past, Nov. 5, 2020 See Zoom presentation.

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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

To virtually attend our Fall programs, you will need to make a reservation. Send an e-mail to the museum office at 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 See Zoom presentation

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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

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.