Panel Discussion: Sunday, May 15th, 2016, 2:00 P.M.
North Gate Toll House, Upstairs Hall
1873 Old Louisquisset Pike (Route 246), Lincoln, RI 02865
Annual Meeting 1:30 p.m. Downstairs
The Blackstone Valley Historical Society’s Christine Nowak Lectures are always a fascinating slice of life in this very rich historic region of Rhode Island. This year, Rhode Island historian Al Klyberg brings together members of all the communities within the Blackstone Valley – Pawtucket, Central Falls, Lincoln, Cumberland, Smithfield, North Smithfield and Woonsocket – and introduces you to the lifestyles of the early settlers within these communities. The panel discussion will focus on the families who filtered back into the this region after King Philip’s 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.
Although not aimed at the genealogy of the families, the local experts will introduce you to their ways of life: their occupations, how they built their houses, what farm life was like hundreds of years ago.
In addition to chairing this panel of local historians, Al Klyberg will speak of Central Falls and parts of Lincoln; Dan Santos of Historic New England will spotlight the Arnold family of Lincoln and Woonsocket; BVHS board member Gail Harris will introduce her hometown of Cumberland, Irene Nebiker will showcase North Smithfield, Irene Blais, Woonsocket, and Steve Todaro will give information on Pawtucket. This will be a great way to learn the histories of our local cities and towns.
At 1:30 P.M, the organization’s annual business meeting will be held in the downstairs hall. All are invited to come before the presentation upstairs at 2:00 P.M.
Free and open to the public, donations are gratefully accepted, and all interested persons are invited to join the organization.