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Walking through Time: the 5,000-Year History of the URI Campus

October 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am

Kristine Bovy, Professor of Anthropology, URI; Catherine DeCesare, Assistant Professor of History, URI; Roderick Mather, Professor of History, URI; and Lorén Spears, Executive Director, Tomaquag Museum
In-person presentation: Beaupre 100 (also livestreamed)
Walking tour, 11 am

In 2017, the University of Rhode Island marked its 125th anniversary. The land on which the university sits, however, has a much longer and more complicated history, which is invisible to most members of the campus community. Ancestors of the Narragansett, the only federally recognized tribe in this area, lived and worked here for millennia prior to the arrival of Europeans. Archaeological work performed prior to the construction of the Ryan Center in the 1990s also revealed a late 18th century burial ground associated with the Niles family, which likely contains the remains of enslaved Africans and Indigenous people, part of the tumultuous history of Rhode Island.

Join us for a panel discussion of the history of this land and how it is (and is not) memorialized on campus today. An optional walking tour of URI campus will follow.

To register, visit the website below.


October 16, 2021
10:00 am
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Tomaquag Museum
390 A Summit Road
Exeter, RI 02822 United States
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