Save the Date! The Lincoln Conservation Commission voted to sponsor a cleanup at the Lampercock Lane Cemetery (LN044) on April 16 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Please feel free to just drop by for a little while. The cemetery is a short distance off Wilbur Road, where Lampercock Lane turns the corner. Free lunch for all volunteers. Call John Houghton (401-651-6463) for more information.
Cleanup at Mineral Spring Veteran’s Cemetery: April 23 (9:00 a.m.-Noon)
The retired police and firefighters under the direction of Gerry O’Connor will be hosting a trash and leaf cleanup at Mineral Spring Veteran’s Cemetery from 9:00 a.m.-noon. If you want to help in any way with donations of water, work gloves, muscle donations or picture taking, please feel free to swing on by.
Saylesville Friend’s Meeting House, 374 Great Rd, Lincoln, RI 02865.
We will travel to several sites (use your own car), ending at the Lampercock Lane Cemetery. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes. Bring (and wear!) tick spray. Free and open to the public. Picture; Stone of Jonathan Sprague, 1648-1741, photographed on the tour.
Annual Meeting of the Blackstone Valley Historical Society: May 15 (1:30 p.m.)
North Gate, Blackstone Valley Historical Society, 1873 Old Louisquisset Pike, LIncoln, RI 02865. All interested are welcome.
The 4th Christine Nowak Annual Lecture will be a panel discussion this year. The focus of the presentation will be to see if there are similarities among the earliest permanent settlers of Pawtucket, Central Falls, Lincoln, Cumberland, Smithfield, North Smithfield, and Woonsocket.
In previous annual meetings we have introduced the idea of using the annual Christine Nowak talk as a future chapter in a book of talks about the history of the Blackstone Valley. We have heard about the origins of the geographic area known as Louisquisset, a description of the uprooting of the original settlers in King Philip’s War (battles at Nipsachuck Swamp in 1675/1676). This time we are focusing on the families who filtered back into the this region after the war in the period 1680 to 1731, when the ‘Outlands’ or North Woods of Providence were set off into the towns of Smithfield, Glocester, and Scituate. Our presenters will be Dan Santos for the Arnold family of Lincoln and Woonsocket, Gail Harris for Cumberland, Irene Nebiker for North Smithfield, Steve Todaro for Pawtucket, Irene Blais for Woonsocket and Albert Klyberg (chair and moderator) for Central Falls and the rest of Lincoln,
The presentations will be based on research the presenters have done on the original settling families, but not genealogies of the families. The aim of this presentation is to create a “group profile” based on occupations, religious beliefs, house types, farm types, and other general descriptions of this re-settlement of the land in the postwar years.