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19998-99 Program 2012-2013 Program

OCT | NOV | DEC | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2012 11:00 AM
FOUNDERS' DAY SERVICE AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN AMERICA
We will observe Founders' Day at the First Baptist Church in America, 75 North Main Street, Providence, RI. This will be a very special day in the life of this congregation, founded by our ancestor, since this service will mark the beginning of the Church's celebration of its 375th anniversary. The guest preacher at the 11:00 service will be the Rev. Dr. Walter Sherden, a Baptist minister and historian from Mercer University. There will be a deli lunch provided at 12:30, which will be followed by a brief meeting, including an update by our president on the RI State 1663 Charter Commission. Please call Barbara McCurdy at 682-2404 or Anne Prokopowicz at 785-2512 if you plan to join us for lunch.

Directions: The First Baptist Church in America is located at the corner of North Main and Waterman Streets in downtown Providence. From north or south, leave I-95 at Exit 22a, following signs to Downtown and Memorial Boulevard. Follow Memorial Boulevard to the river; turn left onto Washington Street. The church is visible directly ahead. From the west, follow Route 6 to the exit for downtown Providence to Memorial Boulevard, etc.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2012 5:00 PM
ADDRESS BY JOHN BARRY
Association members are invited to an address by John Barry, author of Roger Williams and the Making of the American Soul, at Roger Williams University.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2012 10:30 AM
LIPPITT HOUSE MANSION
Tour of the Governor Henry Lippitt House museum, 199 Hope Street, Providence, RI. Henry Lippitt, 1818-1891, was the 33rd Governor of Rhode Island, and a descendant of Roger Williams. His house (built in 1865) and designated as a National historic Landmark, is a fine example of an original 19th century high style Victorian home. After we finish the tour, we will have a brief business meeting at the Lippitt House. We will then travel to Gregg's Restaurant for lunch.

Directions: The museum is located at 199 Hope Street at the corner of Angell Street. From north or south, leave I-95 at Exit 22a, following signs to Downtown and Memorial Boulevard. From the west, follow Route 6 to the exit for downtown Providence to Memorial Boulevard. In all cases, follow Memorial Boulevard to the river; turn left onto Washington. This becomes Waterman Street in a couple of blocks. Follow Waterman Street up the hill and go approximately a mile to Hope Street. Turn left onto Hope Street, and the museum is the second building on your right. Parking may be available on Angell Street west of Hope, and on side streets east of the Lippitt House Mansion.

Directions to Gregg's Restaurant (1303 North Main Street): From the Lippitt House Mansion, follow hope Street to Olney Street (the second traffic light). Turn left onto Olney and proceed to the end of Olney at North Main. Turn right onto North Main, and follow about a mile to Gregg's, which is located on the right just before the Pawtucket line.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2012 2:00 PM
HOLIDAY PARTY
We will hold our annual holiday party and reception at the home of Marilyn and Clifford Brown, 180 Brown Street, Providence, RI., appropriately decorated for the season. We will enjoy a seasonal musical presentation, followed by Christmas carols, a short business meeting, and our traditional Victorian tea.

Directions: From north or south, leave I-95 at Exit 22a, following signs to Downtown and Memorial Boulevard. From the west, follow Route 6 to the exit for downtown Providence to Memorial Boulevard. In all three cases, follow Memorial Boulevard to the river; turn left onto Washington. This becomes Waterman Street. Follow Waterman Street up the hill to Brown Street just beyond its summit. Turn left onto Brown Street and proceed seven blocks to Keene Street. 180 Brown is on the far left (northwest) corner of Brown and Keene.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2013 1:00 PM
RISD MUSEUM OF ART
Tour of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI. We will tour the museum's collection, which contains works by Monet, Degas, Picasso, and many other important world artists. There is a famous collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. A great deal of Rhode Island history can also be found here. The Gorham Silver Company has an exhibit of the famous sterling silver made in Providence during the 19th and 20th centuries. There are also fine examples of furniture made in Newport, RI, by the Goddard and Townsend families. Following the tour, we will repair to Prospect Park Terrace on Congdon Street for refreshments and a brief business meeting. Please bring a folding chair! Weather backup (snow, cold): we will repair to 180 Brown Street.

Directions: The museum is located at 224 Benefit Street in Providence, between Waterman and College Streets. From north or south, leave I-95 at Exit 22a, following signs to Downtown and Memorial Boulevard. From the west, follow Route 6 to the exit for downtown Providence to Memorial Boulevard. In all cases, follow Memorial Boulevard to the river; turn left onto Washington. This becomes Waterman Street in a couple of blocks at the foot of the hill. Follow Waterman Street up the hill one block. Turn right onto Benefit, and the Museum is immediately on you right.

Directions to Prospect Park Terrace: Go on Benefit Street to either Waterman or College Streets. Go up the hill one block to Prospect Street. Turn left on Prospect. Proceed to Cushing Street and turn left again for one block to Congdon Street. Turn right onto Congdon and Prospect Park is ahead on the left. If inclement weather, continue on Prospect Street, crossing Cushing, and proceed to Keene Street. Turn right onto Keene for one block to Brown Street. 180 Brown is the brick house on the near left corner of Keene and Brown.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 2013 11:00 AM
DENISON HOMESTEAD
We will meet at the Denison Homestead, 120 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic, CT. This 1654 farm was the home of George Denison, one of the earliest settlers of Mystic. The 1717 farmhouse was restored by the noted architect and architectural historian J. Frederick Kelly in 1946. A tour of the house, now a museum, will be offered for seniors and students for $4.00 per person. After the tour, we will go to a nearby restaurant for a lunch and business meeting.

Directions to the Denison Homestead: From the north: take I-95 to Exit 90. Turn right onto Whitehall Avenue, then turn right onto Jerry Browne Road and continue for one mile. Turn Right on Pequotsepos Road. Denison Homestead is located one half mile down on the right. From the south, take Exit 90 off I-95 and turn left onto Whitehall Avenue, and follow the above directions.

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013 10:00 AM
WILLIAMS DAUGHTERS GRAVESITE VISIT
We will visit the graves of two of Roger Williams' daughters, Mary (Williams) Sayles at Easton Cemetery in Middletown, and Freeborn (Williams) Hart Clarke at Clifton Cemetery in Newport. Please be at the parking lot behind the United Congregational Church (Next to the John Clarke Nursing Center) at 600 Valley Road in Middletown at 10:00 AM to join other members for a bus tour of Newport to the two graves. The bus will return to the parking lot, and we will enjoy a self-catered picnic lunch in the Garden Room of the John Clarke retirement Center next door to the church parking lot. Please call Dot White at 849-3841 or Anne Prokopowicz at 785-2512 if you plan to join us.

Directions to Valley Road: A. From the north and east, go over Mount Hope Bridge and follow Rte 114 south (or over the Sakonnet River Bridge on Route 24 south; Rte 24 will join Rte 114). Proceed down 114 from the junction of Rte 24 for about 5 and a quarter miles. Take a left on Valley Road at a (closed) Modern Furniture Company. Go straight on Valley Road through two traffic lights. Immediately after the second light, take the third driveway on the left to the John Clarke Center at 600 Valley Road. Go up the hill to the parking lot behind the Congregational Church. B. From the west or north, cross the Pell Bridge and take the second exit. This will bring you to a light facing the JaiLi (HiLi) Courts. Turn left at this light. Go straight on this road (which changes its name from Kalbus to Miantonomi) to the third light. Turn right onto Valley Road (Rte 214). Turn left at the third driveway to the John Clarke Center at 600 Valley Road. Go up the hill to the parking lot behind the Congregational Church.

SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2013 10:00 AM / 1:00 PM  REVISED LISTING
RHODE ISLAND STATE HOUSE / ROGER WILLIAMS MEMORIAL
At 10:00 AM at the State House, the State of Rhode Island will celebrate the 350th Anniversary of Rhode Island's Royal Charter -- granted by King Charles II in 1663. The result of heroic efforts by our ancestor Roger Williams and by Dr. John Clarke of Newport, this world-historic document was the first constitution in Western history to guarantee religious liberty to all its citizens. A new room to display this historic document will be dedicated by the Governor and other officials that morning. The document itself is worth seeing. You are invited: come a bit early. The white-domed State House is located on Smith Street in Providence, visible and accessible from I-95 or Route 6.

At 1:00 PM, the Roger Williams Family Association and the National Park Service will rededicate a restored monument at the Roger Williams Memorial on North Main and Smith Streets, Providence, at the location of Roger Williams's spring, marking the site where he founded the City of Providence in 1636. Come to this rededication and have your picture taken for posterity! The original bronze plaques on the monument were stolen; one has been recovered, the other has been faithfully reproduced by the Roger Williams Family Association as part of a joint project between the Association and the Park Service, who maintain the Roger Williams Memorial.

Elsie Williams, who at the age of 104 is our oldest known member, plans to attend, and will be asked to do the honors. One of our most remarkable members, Elsie has just put the finishing touches on the last volume of the Roger Williams Genealogy series. A group photograph of Roger Williams descendants will be taken as part of the ceremony.

The schedule for the day, therefore, will be as follows: we will gather at the State House before 10:00 A.M. After the ceremonies there, members of the Association will walk down the hill to the Memorial (about two blocks away). We will hold our annual meeting at 11:30 and enjoy a picnic lunch. At 1:00 the dedication ceremonies will take place.

Please make an effort to attend these ceremonies and be part of the historic photographs that will be taken that day!

Directions to Memorial: From north or south, leave I-95 at Exit 22a, following signs to Downtown and Memorial Boulevard. From the west, follow Route 6 to the exit for downtown Providence to Memorial Boulevard. In all cases, follow Memorial Boulevard to the river; turn left onto Washington. Turn left in two blocks onto North Main. Follow North Main to the second traffic light, which is Smith Street. Turn left onto Smith, and then immediately left onto Canal Street. The Park entrance is directly on your left.

FRIDAY, JULY 12 THROUGH SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2013 PLEASE SAVE THE DATES
350TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHARTER OF 1663
We will join the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in celebrating the 350th Anniversary of the Royal Charter of 1663, obtained through the efforts of Roger Williams and John Clarke. Please save these dates. The details of these events will be provided to our membership.

SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013
BOAT TOUR OF NEWPORT HARBOR
We will gather in Newport at 1:15 PM for an hour-long boat tour of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay sailing promptly at 1:30 on the boat, Amazing Grace. The dock is located next to the Mooring Restaurant parking lot on America's Cup Avenue in Newport; parking validated for one hour. Please contact Dave Wordell (at 860-859-5336 or at
wordells@ransomfarm.com ) no later than July 6th for reservations: adults, $18; seniors, $14; children 4-11, $9; under 4, free.

 


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