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Sowams Project Update: October 2023
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Revitalizing the Community with Good Food, Good Business

When you come to Hope & Main for our Community Conversation on October 18th, you will be visiting Rhode Island’s premier culinary incubator and among the top ten in the country. Since 2014, 500 businesses have been launched in this repurposed school building in Warren, RI., contributing to a more just, sustainable, local food economy. A 501c3 and one of the region’s leading advocates for small business entrepreneurs, Hope & Main is an innovative economic driver. National Heritage Areas do more than just honor the past. They are lived-in landscapes. They showcase all the resources that contribute to a thriving community, like Hope & Main.

Come to Hope & Main in Warren for a
Community Conversation about Sowams
Click below to reserve a seat:
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 7:00pm

Swansea’s Old White Church

United Church of Christ
Swansea, MA
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Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 3:00pm

The folks attending our Community Conversation at the “Old White Church” in Swansea on October 17th will be standing on the site of one of the oldest congregations in New England, distinctive for its religious independence prior to the separation of church and state. The earliest documented services were held in 1680, without a building or a clergyman, before the first meeting house was built in 1720. The current Greek Revival building was built in 1848 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Wild Things!


Rhode Island Natural History Survey Program manager Kira Stillwell learns about the Sowams Project from Coordinator Dave Weed during a break.

The estuaries of Sowams are home to a stunning array of wildlife. For 10,000 years, a delicate network of fresh and salt water has enriched this fertile landscape. Many species are commercially and culturally important; some are threatened, others are thriving; all have ecological and intrinsic value. Last week the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program presented its annual biodiversity symposium "Wild Things in the Narragansett Bay Region" at Roger Williams University in Bristol. The Narragansett watershed, which has sustained shell-fishing, boat-building and recreation in Sowams for millennia, is a rich natural resource that deserves our continued protection.

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities turns 50!

Congratulations on 50 Years of showcasing the Ocean State’s culture, history and humanities!

Last Saturday our friends at the R.I. Council for the Humanities took 50 years of humanities out of the box at the WaterFire Center in Providence, and got us thinking…

Hands-on History

Rehoboth’s Carpenter Museum hosted kids of all ages last month for a workshop in corn husk doll crafting. Corn played a crucial role in the lives of people who lived in Sowams in early New England. Not only a vital food source, corn plants were used in the construction of many household objects. They also served as an ideal material for making children’s toys!
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