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While Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts developed under the influence of the Plymouth Colony in the 1600s, little physical evidence remains of that period. Join this monthly MeetUp to uncover and explore over fifty locations that can be seen today if one knows where to look. We'll discuss the transformation from an indigenous Native American culture that spanned eight to twelve thousand years to nearly complete European domination of the land in only three generations. Meetings will take place at different locations within 25 miles of Providence so we can better appreciate the history of that early time and understand this pivotal place of cultural exchange between indigenous people and colonizing settlers in North America.

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Discover the history of 17th century Newport you've never heard!

Start by learning the competing histories of the Newport Tower from expert Jim Egan and decide who actually built it. Then walk down to the 1697 Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House for a tour by a guide from the Newport Historical Society. Walk across the street to the Great Friends Meeting House, built in 1699, the oldest surviving house of worship in Rhode Island, to learn about the wild Quakers! Finish with an insider tour of the 1657 White Horse Tavern where you may decide to stay for a drink or dinner! (Because the Historical Society charges $150, I'll need at least ten guests to sign up by May 1st. Otherwise, you'll get me. So please register early!)

Meet Roger Williams in Downtown Providence!

Roger Williams National Memorial

Meet Roger Williams at the place where he founded Providence in 1636! Well, Park Ranger John McNiff, who knows more about Williams than just about anyone, will be there to channel Williams and tell you how this wild town began. Then walk to where Williams' house once stood on the way to the bridge where he served as a toll-taker in 1680 before returning to the Visitors' Center for a short video about the impact of his life and thought on the founding of America.

Let's start with Roger Williams, founder of Providence, RI

Roger Williams National Memorial

Look for a large white sign at one of the picnic tables and join us for an introduction to the MeetUp. We'll begin by exploring the early history of Providence starting in 1636 and visit the Roger Williams Memorial and Visitors' Center. Then we'll walk a few blocks along the Moshassuck River to the Weybosset Bridge where Williams once served as a toll taker. Before we end, we'll plan our next 17th century MeetUp locations in July and August. In case of rain, bring an umbrella!

Let's start with Roger Williams, founder of Providence, RI

Roger Williams National Memorial

Look for a large white sign at one of the picnic tables and join us for an introduction to the MeetUp. We'll begin by exploring the early history of Providence starting in 1636 and visit the Roger Williams Memorial and Visitors' Center. Then we'll walk a few blocks along the Moshassuck River to the Weybosset Bridge where Williams once served as a toll taker. Before we end, we'll plan our next 17th century MeetUp locations in July and August. In case of rain, bring an umbrella!

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