Walking Together In Tomaquag Valley

By HHA Member Thomas A Helmer

Two years ago, when I completed the first edition of “Walking Together”, I knew the best Stewards of this book would be the Hopkinton Historical Association. This Non Profit organization has, for 57 years, been a true friend for the Town of Hopkinton, keeping who we were, and what we did over the past 257 years from being forgotten in the present. Your local Historical Association is doing the same thing in your town.

With the complete ownership of the Kindle Format e Book comes a new way of supporting the work and events that HHA does throughout the year, as ALL Royalties from the sale of “Walking” go to HHA.

What Is The e Book About?

The short answer is “Used Rocks”, and where they live.

The longer answer is “Walking Together” is about learning how to see our common History in the testimony of what those odd piles of stone in the forest represent. The glaciers dumped a LOT of stone all over New England. But the Hand Of Man created Structure out of randomness. The color of the builder’s hands has varied over time, but the rocks remain indifferent, equally preserving the Indigenous and Colonial Stone Structures.

“Walking Together” is just what it’s name suggests: I walk with a “Companion”, never identified by gender, race or age, in the woods where I live. The Companion and I take ten walks together, and in each one, the photos and our conversations explain the progressive subtlety and meaning of what is right before our eyes. Along the way the Companion learns to see with new eyes, wide eyes, sharper eyes, trained eyes, and finally “Eyes of Understanding”. You can’t learn to “see” the past in one hike, neither was history built in one day.

Walking together with your companions allows for growth, the same is true in “Walking Together”.

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Hopkinton Men in the Spanish American War

Compiled By HHA Member Lauri Arruda

Spanish American War

TC 12:251, 2 May 1898 – In accordance with Section 1 – Chapter 296 of the General Laws of Rhode Island you are hereby required to cause to be prepared an alphabetical list of all persons living in you town between the ages of 18 years and 45 years, liable to be enrolled by the laws of the United States, excepting those persons exempted by the provisions of said Chapter 296:

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Narragansett Town on Salt Pond

Narragansett Town on Salt Pond

By HHA Member Theresa Prescott

For over 20 years, Public Archaeology Lab’s Jay Waller has been piecing together the lives and activities of Native Americans before European contact. My husband (Rick Prescott) and I recently took a course entitled “Rhode Island’s Cultural Landscape” with Mr. Waller at URI’s Osher Lifelong Learning Center. We learned a number of things about Native American history in Rhode Island and archaeological methods, but the most striking was the finding of a Narragansett “otan” (town) on Salt Pond in Narragansett, dating from 1300 to 1400 AD. Continue reading “Narragansett Town on Salt Pond”