Roger Williams

RWNM Celebrates Birthday

(10.22) The Roger Williams National Memorial will be celebrating its 57th year this Saturday and they are throwing a party for everyone . . . even Quakers. Mr. Williams will be on hand to answer your questions about early colonial life, the Narragansetts, or maybe the Massachusetts Bay Colony (ugh). The National Park Service has …

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Betsey Williams Cottage Open House

(10.15) Step back in time to explore the Betsey Williams Cottage, home to Roger Williams’ great-great-great granddaughters, Betsey and Rhoda Williams. An open house is scheduled for this Saturday morning, with two more on the calendar in November and December. In the 1773 cottage that today sits beneath a massive sycamore tree, Betsey Williams, the …

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Finally, Roger Williams Streetwear

Walk into Cured Collection, the vintage and streetwear store at the mall, and there among the expected selection of sneakers, caps, and racks of sports, superhero, and band tour T-shirts, is our beloved 17th-century founder, Roger Williams. More specifically, this just released casual shirt features the iconic monument and view at Prospect Terrace on Congdon …

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Flower Planting At RWNM

(5.15) Help wanted. The staff of the Roger Williams National Memorial is recruiting volunteers to help prepare flower beds and plant flowers. The memorial will provide gloves, trowels, and supplies. It is recommended that you wear comfortable shoes and clothing for working outdoors. (Facebook event page.) To protect the health of those who live, work, …

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College Scholarships Honor Roger Williams

The Rhode Island Foundation has announced that high school seniors can apply for college scholarships of up to $20,000-a-year through its Carter Roger Williams Initiative. The application deadline for members of the Class of 2021 is midnight, February 12, 2021. More details on the scholarships are posted at Finding Roger Williams. Rhode Island high school …

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Roger Williams Memorial Outdoor Visitor Center

Anyone who has seen the inside of the charming museum/bookstore at the Roger Williams National Memorial knows that safely “distancing” more than two people in there would be a challenge. The rangers’ solution has been to move the operation outdoors, weather permitting. (Check at Facebook.) Check in with Mark, seen here setting up the Outdoor …

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Fall Cleanup — Roger Williams Memorial

(10.26) Head down to the Roger Williams Memorial Saturday and help with the fall cleanup. Help the staff at Roger Williams National Memorial prepare the park for the winter season! We will be raking leaves, picking up branches, and sweeping the grounds. The memorial will provide gloves, rakes, brooms, and supplies. It is recommended that …

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Roger Williams Author At BotS

(6.15) Head over to Books on the Square this Friday when writer James A. Warren will discuss his new book “God, War, and Providence: the Epic Struggle of Roger Williams and the Narragansett Indians against the Puritans of New England.”  From Kirkus Reviews, As Warren shows us—after rightly noting that the voices of the Indians …

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Music At RWNM

(6.24) The Downtown Sundown Music Series starts Saturday at the Roger Williams National Memorial with Jodie Treloar Simpson, Steve Donovan, Cardboard Ox, and Andy Pratt. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and maybe even a picnic basket, and sit on the lawn at the beautiful Roger Williams National Memorial and enjoy free concerts by some …

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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, rakes and supplies. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes …

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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 then it’s up to the Old State House on Benefit …

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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 he was to be deported back to England, and headed …

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‘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 — was written for a popular audience, it is well researched …

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