Quonochontaug Historical Society


    2019 Summer Programs

The following programs will be held in Quonnie Grange (5662 Post Road, Charlestown) 


                        Wednesday, July 17th, 7:00 PM

            The Purple Shell

                    Traditional Wampum & Native Craft

                 Presenter: Alan Hazard            

Alan Hazard is a member of the Narragansett Nation and a jewelry artist, Alan will speak about the original meaning of wampum and how it is made. His studio, The Purple Shell, formerly on Old Post Road near Rt. 216 is now located at the Fantastic Umbrella Factory, 4820 Old Post Road, Charlestown. 


                                Wednesday, August 7th, 7:00 PM

                        All About Those Old Stone Walls                           

                           Why are hey there?

                    Who put them there?

                            What are the history and different characteristics 

                      of these artistic stone works?

Presenter: Timothy Ives, Rhode Island State Archeologist

Join Tim for a discussion about all those found and hidden old stone walls in little Rhody.


                     Wednesday, August 14th, 7:00 PM

                         Quonnie Breachway Marsh            

                 Restoration and Dredging Project

Presenter: Wenley Ferguson, Director of Habitat Restoration for Save the Bay

Wenly is the recipient of the 2018 US Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Merit Award, and a Resident of Quonochontaug's Shady Harbor.

Come listen to an overview of the recent Quonnie Breachway marsh restoration efforts and the associated dredging operation. 


                              Wednesday, August 21st, 7:00 PM                        

                             The Quonnie Breachway Pre - ’38


                          Brief QHS Annual Meeting

Presenter: Richard Wells, QHS Board Member

A brief annual meeting will begin at 7:00 PM and be immediately followed by the Breachway program presentation which will explore historical records, oral histories, pictures and and film to discover how nature and people have changed the course of the breachway and how this has influenced the past development of the breachway leading to a unique sense of community before the 1938 Hurricane.

Following the program presentation, all are welcome to tour the QHS's Research and Archive Center, located on the lower level of the Grange.

These programs are offered free of charge for members. 

Non-members - donations welcome.