A Walk Through Time

The University of Rhode Island rests on ancestral land belonging to the Narragansett people. Remnants of their history are sprinkled around campus. Yet, how much do we know about the people who lived here first and their story? Directors of the Applied History Lab (Dr. DeCesare and Dr. Mather) and Professor of Archaeology Kristine Bovy have been working with members of the Narragansett Tribe , specifically Lorén Spears (pictured below), Director of the Tomaquag Museum, to create an undergraduate course on this topic. Subtopics of the course can change and cover a variety of other issues such as gender studies, and its implications on our campus and the land we reside on. Find the full article, “A Walk Through Time” by MaryBeth Reilly-McGreen here 

Lorén Spears ’89, Hon. ’17, director of the Tomaquag Museum, beside a monolith outside the URI library. This monolith represents the only visible acknowledgement at URI of the Narragansett Nation.