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RWNM Volunteer Spring Cleanup

(4.22) Celebrate National Park Week with the staff of Roger Williams National Memorial and help clear away the gloom and debris of winter. (Facebook event.) We will rake leaves, trim bushes, prepare flower beds, and complete a variety of other projects. We will provide gloves,

RWNM Now Open 7 Days

The Roger Williams National Memorial — with its newly installed exhibits illuminating the “new and dangerous opinions” of our founder — will be open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week, now through the end of the year. Their book shop is excellent with

Ribbon Cutting At RW National Memorial

(2.18) New and Dangerous Opinions, the new permanent visitor center exhibit at the Roger Williams National memorial, is now open. To celebrate, a ribbon cutting and other events are scheduled for all day Saturday, starting in the morning at the Roger Williams National Memorial and

Roger Williams Creates The “Freest Place On Earth”

Should you head out into the storm today think of Roger Williams who spent 14 weeks surviving outdoors in just such conditions — exposed, hungry, and wearing 17th-century boots. Following his banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for his “new and dangerous opinions,” Roger learned

‘Wordy Shipmates’ Fans — Meeting Cancelled

[Attn. Meeting cancelled.] Head down to ‘Books & Bourbon’ at New Harvest Coffee & Spirits, Monday at 6pm to discuss “The Wordy Shipmates” by Sarah Vowell. While this examination of the early Puritans and Separatists — including our own Roger Williams and Anne Hutchinson —

Roger Williams Letter At RWNM

(3.17) Head over to the Roger Williams National Memorial for the third of four Throwback Thursdays. The RWNM has been coordinating with the Rhode Island Historical Society to display and explain the original letters of Roger Williams. And the letter this week is a gonna

‘The Letter’ At Roger Williams Memorial

(1.21) The innovative Park Service crew running the Roger Williams National Memorial have instituted their own version of Throwback Thursdays — four dates altogether from January through April. This week Roger Williams’ 1679 letter ‘To the Town of Providence’ will be on display and the

The Tree Root That Ate Roger Williams

(10.22) Roger “Groot” Williams . . . Hero of the Reformation or Guardian of the Galaxy? Gather round Protestants, we got ourselves a relic! This unique tale begins with the digging up of bones from a long neglected grave. So, boo. This Thursday the Roger

NPS Birthday Party At RW Memorial

(8.25) Help celebrate the 99th birthday of the National Park Service and the 50th Anniversary of the Roger Williams National Memorial! Enjoy light refreshments, meet the park staff, stroll the beautiful grounds at the Memorial, check out the exhibits at the Visitor Center and learn

Original Roger Williams Letter On Display

(3.19) Catch the third of five letters written in Roger Williams’ own hand at the Roger Williams National Memorial tomorrow night. RWMN staff collaborated with the RI Historical Society to connect visitors with history via five letters displayed over five months. In this letter, Rog

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Visit The Roger Williams National Memorial

Family coming to visit this weekend? What to do . . . what to do. One nearby attraction of interest to American history buffs and Baptists is the Roger Williams National Memorial (RWNM), a 4.5 acre park operated by the National Park Service, complete with

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Roger Williams Decoded At First Baptist Church

(4.30) This just in from Sparkle Bryant (and if you’ve got a better name I’d like to hear it) who works for the National Park Service at the Roger Williams National Memorial. In the John Carter Brown Library is a book, the margins of which

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Area Youth Bring Free Speech Back To Providence

Opting to spend the summer in a sweltering metal shop instead of relaxing at the beach, seven young adults committed a portion of their summer vacation to free speech in downtown Providence. While tolerance and freedom of expression are today considered to be basic human

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Roger Williams Biographer To Speak Wednesday

Roger Williams has a new biography, Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty by John M. Barry. The new book was reviewed last Sunday for the New York Times Book Review by historian Joyce E. Chaplin.

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“Forced Worship Stinks In God’s Nostrils”

So wrote Roger Williams on June 22, 1670 in a letter to Connecticut Governor Thomas Prence. Sophisticated theologians get this totally . . . then there’s Doreen Costa. Kudos to Steve Ahlquist for his well-reasoned assessment of the current “holiday tree” nonsense  in yesterday’s ProJo.

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The Art Of Roger Williams: Providence At 375 Exhibit

The Art of Roger Williams: Providence at 375 opens Tuesday, November 8 with a talk entitled, “Picturing Roger Williams: The use of pottery and porcelain to convey an icon of Rhode Island identity” by Al Klyberg, former Executive Director of the Rhode Island Historical Society.