Roger Williams

Roger, The Hotel

Rhode Islanders traveling to New York City might well consider staying at the Hotel Roger Williams in beautiful midtown Manhattan, if only for the utter perversity of donning a plush terry bathrobe embroidered with. . . Roger (the ‘brand’ of this renovated boutique hotel). Because nothing screams Protestant Reformation like a soft, absorbent robe (100% …

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How Do We Know He Had Fingers?

There are no known contemporary likenesses of Roger Williams so we can not know for sure. But since there are also no accounts of a run-in with a deli slicer perhaps we can assume. Joking aside, the scaffolding recently erected on Pratt Street up the front of Prospect Terrace supported the father-daughter team (he’s a …

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National Park Service Meeting Tonight

Reminder — Roger Williams National Memorial Site Manager Jennifer Gonsalves invites the public for comment on future plans for the historic site, located between Canal and North Main at Smith Street. She will discuss the findings of a recent study performed for the National Park Service according to which, . . . none of the …

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Liberty Of Conscience — It Started Here

Meet Jennifer Gonsalves, site manager of the Roger Williams National Memorial on North Main Street. She has posted a notice on the side blog that I feel merits greater attention. It reads in part, . . . we have just completed the final draft of a Cultural Landscape Report for the site. The Cultural Landscape …

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Sarah Vowell In Town

Sarah Vowell is speaking tonight at Brown University promoting the paperback edition of her book The Wordy Shipmates which I am reading right now and enjoying very much. She has an original take on the whole Puritan thang and where Roger Williams fits in (or doesn’t) with the early New Englanders. (Vowell has also written …

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Attention Netops

A little strange and oddly pleasant to check in with ‘The Daily Show’ and find Jon Stewart and his guest Sarah Vowell discussing Rhode Island and Roger Williams. (Go here for October 5th episode.) She is flogging the paperback edition of her recent book The Wordy Shipmates, and she is still a huge Roger Williams …

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How’s this for Nightmare Fuel

(I’m regretting this picture already… it’s very disturbing.) However…Dose friend, Kim Ahern, is my new favorite Providence College alum — Janeane Garofolo moves down one. I don’t know any others.  Kim is one of the ’30 on 30‘ subjects in this week’s Phoenix, commenting on life in Rhode Island for the anniversary issue.  I just …

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