Pawtuxet Village Lecture Series at the Warwick Public Library 2004
In the Custom of Neighbors: Village Culture in Rhode Island with Albert T. Klyberg
Using maps, photos and artifacts, Al Klyberg talked about how the various types of villages in Rhode Island (mill, shoreline, transportation) were created, with special focus on Pawtuxet (which has had significance as all three of these types).
The "Negro Lections" in Pawtuxet and the Community of New Guinea with Michael Bell
Drawing on both oral and print sources, Michael Bell presented an illustrated discussion of the early African American community in Pawtuxet, who shared in a regional tradition known as the "Negro 'Lections." This was an annual event in which the male members of the black community elected their own governor. Beginning about 1775 and continuing to 1837, "'Lection Day" was one of the big events of the year. Many of the African Americans who participated in the event lived in a community called New Guinea, which was located near Cranberry Pond. The first settlers there were several slaves given their freedom by the grandfather of Pawtuxet's well-known Civl War General, Elisha H. Rhodes.
Listen to Stories of the Past: Oral History of Pawtuxet Village with Marta V. Martinez
Marta Martinez lead a discussion with Village residents, including Henry A.L. Brown and Ed Greer, as they shared information relevant to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" while growing up in Pawtuxet Village during the first half of the twentieth century.
Early Native American History of Pawtuxet with William Simmons
Who lived in Pawtuxet Village at the time of English settlement? What archaeological and written historic records tell their story? What can we say about early historic communities and events in Rhode Island? Drawing on archaeological, written, and oral traditional sources, William Simmons addressed these interesting questions.
Invisible Landmarks of Pawtuxet Village: Preserving the Past and Property Rights with Michael Bell
The Warwick side of Pawtuxet Village is a city historic district, the Cranston side is not. What does this mean? Using illustrative examples, Michael Bell discussed historic district zoning in Pawtuxet and its implications for both preservation and property rights. At the center of debate is an ongoing American question: Where do we establish the balance between individual rights and the good of the community?