Ocean Road 10K
The Ocean Road 10K will be held Sunday, October 2nd. This race, organized and operated by Gray Matter Marketing, benefits the Narragansett Historical Society. You can help by:
Running – See www.oceanroad10.com for more information
Saturday, Oct 1 for packet pickup — 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. is our greatest need, or
Sunday, Oct 2nd for race assistance – 5:45 a.m. (ouch) to 7:00 a.m. or 7:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Email Sue Bush at email@example.com or call at 782-6710 for more information or to sign up to volunteer!
Cornerstone Playhouse Concert – Nice Work If You Can Get It
Join us for a wonderful concert of 1930s musical theater songs on Thursday, October 6th at 7:30 pm at the Clarke Building, 170 Clarke Road, Narragansett.
Our friends at the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce have graciously organized this event as a fundraiser, as all profits will be donated to the Narragansett Historical Society’s Windmill Restoration Project Fund to “Finish It for Shirley,” who was a Cornerstone Playhouse fan and a lifelong supporter of the performing arts.
This “Musical Concert features songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Harold Arlen, Kurt Weill, Marc Blitzstein, and Harold Rome. About the performers:
Allison Lindsay and Daniel Kamalić have sung professionally in concert and with several opera and musical theater companies in the Northeast and beyond. Gerald Moshell is Professor of Music Emeritus at Trinity College (Hartford CT) and has directed many shows and presentations for the Cornerstone Playhouse.
Tickets are just $25 each and seating is limited. Purchase tickets online at this site, or purchase at the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce during normal operating hours. (Tuesday – Sat 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Lecture on the South Kingstown/Narragansett Split
Dr. Richard Vangermeersch will speak about the Narragansett/South Kingstown split.
The area ws settled about 1675 and was named for the Narraganset Indians, who were defeated and dispersed during King Philip’s War (1675–76). Originally part of South Kingstown, it was set off as an enclave of its own in 1888 and was incorporated as a separate town in 1901.
This talk will take place at the Peace Dale Library on Thursday November 10, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. More information to follow.
September 11 — Dr. Richard Vangermeersh, Research and Writing Workshop
Dr. Richard Vanngermeersch held a research and writing workshop, providing tips and inspiration, and using “Women of Narragansett” to highlight his approach. The talk highlighted interesting tid bits and stories about women of/with ties to Narragansett. Sue Bush also participated in this presentation.
Dr. Richard Vangermeersch is Emeritus Professor of Accounting from URI. He has lived in Narragansett since 1971. His expertise is in the history of accounting. Since his 2004 retirement from URI he has refocused much of his efforts on researching local history, developing expertise in several topics and in several instances supporting novelists and other writers. In addition, he has been very involved with numerous organizations’ histories as they celebrated milestones and anniversaries.
August 14 — Dr. Joanne Pope Melish, Slavery in South County
Dr. Joanne Pope Melish presented information about slavery in South County, and described the regional economy’s reliance upon slavery and the “triangle trade.”
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.
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.