Summer Lecture Series – The second Sunday of each month, June – Sept., at 4:00 pm.
We are hosting a series of lectures to be held the second Sunday of each month, beginning in June. Please join us for these events at the “Clarke Lodge” on Clarke Road (next to the Windmill Building – our future home — follow directions to 170 Clarke Road, Narragansett).
We do incur a cost to hold these events, so a $5 per person donation is suggested (VOLUNTARY), at the event.
We appreciate your support!
Also, the venue has limited seating. Please sign up for events at the links below to help us ensure adequate seating.
August 14 — Dr. Joanne Pope Melish, Slavery in South County
Dr. Joanne Pope Melish will present information about slavery in South County.
Joanne Pope Melish is Associate Professor of History Emerita at the University of Kentucky, where she also directed the American Studies Program and co-directed the Africana Studies Initiative for several years. Dr. Melish received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University. She is the author of Disowning Slavery: Gradual Emancipation and “Race” in New England, 1780-1860 (Cornell University Press, 1998) and many essays on race and slavery in the early republic and on slavery in public history and pedagogy. Joanne has directed or co-directed several NEH-funded residential summer teacher institutes and workshops on race and slavery in early New England and has served as a consultant to a number of historic sites. Currently she is a Visiting Scholar in the American Studies Department at Brown University. We look forward to hearing her talk!
Please register for this event at this link.
September 11 — Dr. Richard Vangermeersh, Research and Writing Workshop
Dr. Richard Vangermeersch will hold a research and writing workshop, providing tips and inspiration, and using “Women of Narragansett” to highlight his approach. Check back for updates and more information.
July 10 — Bella Noka, The story of Tarzan Brown
On Sunday July 10th, we had the unique opportunity to learn about well-known local legend, “Tarzan” Ellison Myers Brown’s, and his accomplishments from several members of his family. The discussion was led by Tarzan’s niece, Bella Noka. Tarzan was born in Westerly, RI and was a member of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island. While he would become a stone mason, Tarzan is most known for being a two-time winner in the Boston Marathon, 1936 (2:33:40) and 1939 (2:27:30), as well as holding speed records at all seven checkpoints and setting a course record in 1939. In 1936 at age 22, he became the youngest winner of the Boston Marathon. He also ran the marathon in the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin.
In the 1936 Boston Marathon, Tarzan sped out of the starting gate and had an early lead. But as the Newton hills approached, Johnny Kelley, the defending champion, caught up to Tarzan. Kelley patted Tarzan, and then passed Tarzan. From that point on, Tarzan would pass Kelley, Kelley would pass Tarzan, with Tarzan ultimately winning the race. “A newspaper reporter the next day called the final hill where Tarzan had broken Kelley’s spirit ‘Heartbreak Hill.’ The legend of Heartbreak Hill was born!” (The Legend of Tarzan Brown, Westerly Life, March 13, 2019.)
We enjoyed hearing stories from Tarzan Brown’s relatives, and hearing Native American drumming and singing. Thank you to all who participated and attended.