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Brown Bag Webinar Lectures

Brown Bag Lectures are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required.

Suggestions, comments, and questions for the speaker(s) can be emailed to Jane Adler, Lecture Organizer/Moderator at [email protected]. (Unfortunately, due to time constrictions, not all questions can be answered.)


Dr. David Weed
Coordinator, Sowams Heritage Area Project

Creating a New National Heritage Area in East Bay, RI and nearby Massachusetts

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
4-5 PM
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Sowams, the homeland of the Pokanoket Tribal Nation and their leader, the Massasoit Ousamequin, is the setting for one of our nation’s origin stories. It is the critical alliance that established 50 years of peace between the Indigenous tribes that had farmed, fished, and hunted the region for millennia – and the English settlers arriving on the Mayflower. Sowams is also ground zero for the fracturing of that alliance during King Philip’s War, a devastating conflict that ultimately encompassed Indigenous and colonial communities throughout New England.

Dr. David Weed, who is leading an effort to create a new National Heritage Area in East Bay RI and nearby Massachusetts, will describe the events in the 17th century that has shaped the complex history of the region up to the present day. (He says the story about this is best told by author Nathaniel Philbrick in Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War.)

Try not to miss this fascinating presentation.

Dr. David Weed is a retired clinical psychologist living in Warren, RI, who became interested in the history of the 17th century in and around his community starting in 2007 with a widely accessed website about King Philip’s War.

Thank you to our previous Winter 2024 speakers:


Oleksandr (Alexander) Kreshchuk
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Music Department, Artist in Residence

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Ukraine: Known and Unknown

Presented February 6, 2024

Oleksandr (Alexander) Kreshchuk and his family relocated to the USA in 2022 from Ukraine because of the war. He shared his story with us and enlightened us on Ukraine's rich history and culture.

Oleksandr (Alexander) Kreshchuk earned a Master of Arts in Music Education and Choral Conducting and a Doctor of Ministry in Ukraine. Over the last 20 years, he served as a guest conductor and speaker at numerous seminars and conferences in Ukraine, Russia, Germany, Poland, and the USA.

Pictured: The Kreshchuk family home before and after bombing


Rick Beyer
Co-Author of The Ghost Army of World War II, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker and New York Times Bestselling Author

Presented January 24, 2024

During World War II, a handpicked group of GIs landed in France to conduct a secret mission. The men of the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, known as the Ghost Army, used inflatable tanks, sound effects, fake radio transmissions and even impersonation to fool the enemy about the strength and location of American units.

Rick Beyer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a New York Times bestselling author and a long-time history enthusiast. A new edition of the book co-authored with Elizabeth Sayles, The Ghost Army of World War II, was published in October. Rick also produced and directed the award-winning PBS documentary The Ghost Army. He has spoken to audiences around the country and shared his unique take on history on CBS, NBC, NPR and Fox News.