December 11: Roger Williams’s Life in England, 7pm

 Have you ever wondered what Roger Williams’s life in England was like? Professor Charlotte Carrington-Farmer of Roger Williams University and National Park Service Ranger John McNiff will show us how they retraced Roger Williams’s footsteps in England with two groups of RWU students. 

The program will feature lots of photographs of seminal locations in Williams’s life, including the Smithfield district of London, Charterhouse School, and Pembroke College, Cambridge. Seventeenth-century maps and illustrations will be overlaid on the contemporary photos and maps. 

The students who took this trip were participants in RWU’s “Roger Seminar,” which explores themes such as freedom of conscience, social justice and intellectual exchange. Professor Carrington-Farmer and Ranger McNiff will place Williams in the wider context of early seventeenth-century English religious, social, and political history.

October 24: Wickford’s Historic Marker Program

 In July, the nonprofit Historic Wickford (“Histwick”) unveiled the final three markers in its Historic Marker project. The sixteen markers, all illustrated by local artists, tell fascinating stories about Wickford’s past. Together, they comprise a self-guided walking tour for anyone who wants to know more about the village’s three centuries of history. 

The impetus for the project came from North Kingstown Town Historian Tim Cranston, who wrote the text for all the markers. 

Tim will be at the Museum on Thursday, October 24 to talk about how the project took shape, where funding came from, and how Histwick recruited a team of talented local residents to create the markers. His program is sure to inspire others to start historic marker programs in their own villages. 

October 10: Samuel Clarke Farm

 

When Samuel Clarke was nineteen years old, he built himself a house on land his father owned on Shannock Hill. The house was small— probably only one room with a loft. He sided the exterior with wide clapboards and built the chimney and fireplace of fieldstone. At the back of the fireplace, near the baking oven, Samuel carved the year: 1691. 

The Samuel Clarke house is now the oldest house in Richmond and one of the oldest in Rhode Island. In February 2019, the Samuel Clarke Farm earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. 

John Peixinho, who has owned the Samuel Clarke Farm since 2015, is primarily responsible for obtaining the National Register designation. On Thursday, October 10, Mr. Peixinho will open the Peace Dale Museum of Art and Culture’s 2019 Fall Lecture Series by telling us about the history of the farm and describe its 17th and 18th century features, some of them rare. Mr. Peixinho will illustrate his talk with color photographs.