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Sowams Project Update: September 2023
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Discover why Sowams is so important to our nation’s origin story, learn about the benefits of the National Heritage Area Program, and share your perspective on how we can collaborate as a regional coalition to advance our communitiesCome to one of the following Community Conversations by clicking on one of the dates below to reserve a seat for free.

United Church of Christ
Swansea, MA
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Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 3:00pm
Hope and Main
Warren, RI
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Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 7:00pm

Rhode Island's only National Scenic Byway

Bristol Town Administrator Steve Contente acknowledges the National Senic Byway designation at a press event on August 16, 2023 as (pictured behind him, left to right) Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Senator Jack Reed, Representative Seth Magaziner, RIDOT Director Peter Alviti with a Federal Highway administrator, and Governor McKee listen. [Photo by Erik Dickervitz]

R.I. Governor McKee, Senators Reed and Whitehouse, Representative Magaziner, Bristol Town Administrator Steve Contente and others leaders gathered at the Herreshoff Marine Museum to celebrate a $750,000 grant to make improvements along Bristol’s Hope Street which was designated as Rhode Island’s only National Scenic Byway in 2021. Just as the National Heritage Area Program celebrates nationally significant landscapes, the National Scenic Byways program recognizes and preserves historic, scenic and culturally important roads to promote tourism and economic development.

Swansea Partners with UMass Dartmouth on Water Quality Project

The Town of Swansea is partnering with UMass Dartmouth’s School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) on a citizen-based volunteer water quality monitoring of the Cole River and Lee River Estuaries. SMAST will provide training and testing of samples and the Swansea Harbor Advisory Committee has provided the vessels, operators, and volunteers to collect the samples, which started this summer and will continue over the next two summers. The Sowams Heritage Area Project is committed to preserving and protecting our nationally significant landscape and applauds this important environmental project.

Plimoth Pawtuxet Museums Leadership attend Pokanoket Heritage Day

Sagamore Winds of Thunder greets Plimoth Patuxet Museums Deputy Director Richard Pickering at the Third Annual Pokanoket Heritage Day at Burr's Hill Park in Warren..

Pokanoket Sagamore Winds of Thunder welcomed Executive Director Ellie Donavan and Deputy Director Richard Pickering of the Plimoth Patuxet Museums at the Pokanoket Heritage Day festivities on Burr’s Hill in Warren. The Sowams Heritage Area Project and Plimoth Patuxet share a commitment to illuminating our nation’s origin story. The Sowams Project Steering Committee hopes to develop a National Heritage Area in Sowams to protect and promote the region’s history, heritage and culture and to use those assets to advance local economies through tourism, recreation and community development.

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23 Bridge Street
Warren, Ri 02885

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