Roger Williams

‘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 public is invited to have a cup of coffee and …

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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 what’s happening in your National Park. Bring the kids for …

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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 (as I affectionately call him) is trying to resolve conflicts …

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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 real live park rangers. And no bears. The visitor center …

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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 are filled with a mysterious code, or shorthand, long believed …

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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 rights, Rhode Island’s long-standing tradition of acceptance goes back to …

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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. She opens with this astonishing statement, Should you find yourself …

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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. His column “Chafee right to ignore loud majority” (B-6 of …

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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. The talk begins at 5:30pm in the second floor Lownes …

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The Memorial At Prospect Terrace — Lecture

The Providence Athenaeum hosts this installment of the continuing “Inspired Providence” series. Providence Preservation Society Executive Director James Hall on “Monumental: A Fitting Memorial for the Founding Father: The competition to design the Roger Williams Memorial,” part of “Inspired Providence: A Public Lecture Series.” When 75 years ago Providence celebrated the 300th anniversary of its …

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Spark It Up

Dude. Roger sure knew how to get the party started. He was also asked to leave with some frequency. The Roger Williams National Memorial, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, presents ‘Inspired Providence’ a 7-part lecture series starting with the man himself. This fall, seven nights of civic discourse and lively …

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More 375th Events Coming Up

The Roger Williams National Memorial on North Main Street has already started celebrating the settling of Providence with assorted events (sorry we missed the cake). There is no one specific date for our anniversary, but Roger’s 14-week sojourn in Bristol with the Wampanoags would have ended at about this time of year. Coming up this …

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Rip It Up! Tape Art Closing Celebration Thursday

From the folks at Greater Kennedy Plaza, Join us for the closing celebration of the Tape Art installation and fun participatory installation removal! Attendees can help to bring the installation full-circle by working together to lift up all the tape for a fun documentary project. Featuring musical performances by AS220 ZuKrewe and the Extraordinary Rendition …

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Roger Williams National Memorial National Park Week Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Providence. In celebration of National Park Week (April 16-24), the staff at Roger Williams National Memorial and John H. Chaffee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor will be hosting Rhode Island National Parks Day on Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 282 North Main Street in downtown Providence.   Come and …

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