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Author Presentation: A History of the Providence River by Robert Geake

Monday, April 15, 2013

7:00 PM-8:15 PM

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Meeting Room (3rd Floor)

Follow the journey of the Providence River from the confluence of the Moshassuck and Woonasquatucket Rivers, to a short distance downstream, where the Seekonk River joins with the Providence as they flow on toward the mouth of Narragansett Bay. The history of the Ocean State was made on the banks of this historic river. It was here that Roger Williams established the first settlement dedicated to religious liberty, Rochambeau’s army made its first encampment on the road to Yorktown and the Walsh-Kaiser Shipyard built World War II vessels for the Allied maritime effort. Along its waters glided boats and ships engaged in the slave trade, the raid on the Gaspee and all manner of coastal commerce. Historian Robert A. Geake has paddled the river’s length to uncover the mysteries coursing within.

Robert A. Geake has been writing on Rhode Island history and lore for over thirty years. His books include A Toll, A Tavern, and a Farm, published for the Pawtucket Preservation Society, and A History of the Narragansett Tribe of Rhode Island: Keepers of the Bay and Historic Taverns of Rhode Island, both published by The History Press. His blog on Rhode Island history can be found at rifootprints.com . Mr. Geake is an associate of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University and a member of the Rhode Island Historical Society as well as the Warwick Historical Society. An avid kayaker, he paddles the Seekonk and Providence Rivers and routinely cleans the bank of the Seekonk on the trail that was once the carriage road below Swan Point Cemetery.

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