Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture


Spring Programs

Read the Museum’s Spring Newsletter for more details on our exciting Programs-All evening programs are free and open to the public!

The Lost Mill Villages of South County

Thursday, May 16, 2024 7:00 P.M Mark Kenneth Gardner, Presenter

Old mills are an essential element in southern New England’s historic landscape. Water provided the power for 18th century grist mills and 19th century textile mills, so those mills, and the communities that grew around them, were located on rivers.

Learn about some of local mill villages that have been lost, and some that have persevered in South County’s post-industrial but still largely rural landscape.

Watch the lecture live on our YouTube channel !

The Wangunk: A little-known but historically important Connecticut tribe

Thursday May 2, 2024 7:00 P.M Dr. Timothy Ives, Presenter

For more than two decades, archaeologist and ethnohistorian Timothy H. Ives has studied the Wangunk, a little-known but historically important central Connecticut Native American tribe. Hear about Dr. Ives’s latest research into the tribe’s history and its relations with European settler

Watch the lecture live on our YouTube channel !

Who was Betsey Williams

Thursday April 18, 2024 7:00 P.M Dr. Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, Presenter

Every year, more than 1.5 million people visit Roger Williams Park in Providence, RI. Most of them do not know, and may not care, how the park
came into being. But the person who gave her family farm to the city to create the park should be remembered, not only as a benefactor but as an
independent woman.

Learn about Betsey’s bequest to the city, the radical life she lived with her sister, Rhoda, and her connection to Roger and Mary Williams.

FALL Programs


Read the Museum’s Fall Newsletter for more details on our exciting Programs

Machine Guns in Narragansett Bay; The Coast Guard's War on Rumrunners

Thursday November 2, 2023 7:00 P.M. Christian McBurney, Presenter

Coast Guard vessels patrolling Narragansett Bay fired thousands of rounds from machine guns and cannons. The enemy they fired at? The “rummies”— rumrunners in power boats delivering illegal alcohol to secret drop-off points on the coast.  

Planting the Yankee Identity: A 1638 Household in Plymouth Colony

Thursday November 16, 2023 7:00 P.M. Katharine Reinhart, Presenter

In 2013, archaeologists exploring a location in Marshfield, Mass. in preparation for an airport runway expansion uncovered the buried remains of an entire house— the only 17th century Plymouth Colony house ever to have been completely excavated.  Watch Live Stream on our YouTube channel here:

The American Ship John Jay: a Prize of War

Thursday November 30, 2023 7:00 P.M. Dr. Catharine DeCesare, Presenter

On Sept. 21, 1804, the merchant ship John Jay sailed out of Providence, bound for Amsterdam and the Far East. Her owners, the Providence firm of Brown & Ives, hoped the voyage would be “prosperous and pleasant,” but it was neither.

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