Lectures are free and open to the public. Registration is required. Below you will find the registration link to each lecture as well as links to videos of past lectures.
Annual Meeting & Lecture
Wednesday, August 12 at 7 p.m.
The program will begin with a 15-minute business meeting and the election of officers and directors followed by our annual lecture.
Roger Williams Had a Wife?
Presented by: Charlotte Carrington-Farmer, PhD
Associate Professor of History, Roger Williams University
Who was Mary Barnard, the woman who married Roger Williams in 1629 and, for the next 50 years, followed him with children in tow? Professor Charlotte Carrington-Farmer will explore multiple ways of discovering more about Mary Williams and the lives of 17th-century women.
The Lives of Wampanoag Women
Wednesday, September 16 at 7 p.m.
Kerri Helme, Indigenous Cultural Programs Manager, Plimoth Plantation
Ms. Helme is an enrolled member of the Mashpee Wampanaog Tribal Nation and an artisan, practicing and preserving traditional skills including weaving, pottery, and porcupine quillwork embroidery. She will describe the daily lives of historic Wampanoag women and will explain how the practices of earlier centuries are honored and lived in today’s world.
The Women of the West Road—Activists & Advocates
Tuesday, September 29 at 7 p.m.
Janet Lisle, Author of The History of Little Compton
Author and local historian Janet Lisle will detail the lives of a close-knit group of 19th-century women living at the corner of West Main and Swamp Roads, who, despite their youth, led Little Compton’s abolition efforts in the century’s early decades.
Quaker Women in Colonial New England
Tuesday, October 6 at 7 p.m.
Elizabeth Cazden, Independent Quaker Scholar
Explore the lives of Quaker women in Colonial New England and the roles they played within the Society of Friends. Ms. Cazden will use her intensive research on Abigail Allen of Westport as a path to understanding the rights and responsibilities of local Quaker women.
Little Compton’s 19th-Century Women
Tuesday, October 20 at 7 p.m.
Marjory O’Toole, LCHS Executive Director
Immigrants, emigrants, and summer colonists add their voices to our local women’s history. Ms. O’Toole will share the personal histories of local women as a way to explore major 19th-century developments.
Rescheduled from the Spring
They Knew They Were Pilgrims:
Plymouth Colony and the Contest for American Liberty
Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.
John G. Turner, Professor of Religious Studies, George Mason University
Drawing on original research using underutilized sources, Dr. Turner moves beyond familiar narratives in his new history of Plymouth Colony published for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s Landing. His work focuses on the ways English settlers and Native peoples engaged in a contest for the meaning of American liberty.
PAST LECTURES – LINKS TO VIDEOS
Slavery & Freedom in Little Compton
Wednesday, August 5, 7 p.m.
Marjory O’Toole, Executive Director, LCHS
Explore the history of Northern slavery and emancipation through the personal stories of people enslaved in Little Compton and the surrounding communities. Special attention will be paid to the histories of enslaved women and girls.
Nevertheless, She Persisted: Exploring 17th-Century Women for a 21st-Century World
Hilary Goodnow, Director for Education & Outreach, Plimoth Plantation
What does it really mean to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes? Explore the lives of 17th-century women through the eyes of Mayflower passenger Elizabeth Tilley Howland and discuss how living history provides new insight into their joys, sorrows, and challenges.
Link Coming Soon
Little Compton’s 17th- & 18th-Century Women
Marjory O’Toole, LCHS Executive Director
From sachems to epidemic survivors, the early women of Little Compton led lives that we are only just beginning to understand. Learn more about these fascinating individuals and their growing community with video recordings of two previous lectures.
17th-Century – https://youtu.be/8MLcH0ZP9U8
18th-Century – https://youtu.be/vcqiPdEtRic
Women’s History Project – Virtual Indoor Exhibit Tour – https://youtu.be/MfYsn6z3ei0