TIVERTON — A novel initiative — to capture Tiverton and Little Compton history and make it available on a smartphone “app” — will be showcased in a workshop at Sandywoods Farm on Wednesday, April 10 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The public is invited.
The initiative is being developed as a project by a local history collaborative, which has invited the public to the special workshop to introduce what it calls “Sakonnet Historical.”
Local residents are encouraged to bring their photographs, home movies, documents, and objects that communicate the region’s rich history to the workshop.
After a brief presentation, attendees may show these items to the project organizers and other workshop attendees and share their memories of Tiverton’s past.
The Tiverton Public Library and the Little Compton Historical Society have combined resources with students from the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities to create Sakonnet Historical.
The project is scheduled to be unveiled on July 1. The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, awarded a $5,000 grant to fund the Sakonnet Historical project.
While well-known sites such as Fort Barton and Little Compton Commons will be included in Sakonnet Historical, project coordinator and Tiverton resident Ron Potvin believes it’s just as important to remember the lesser-known places.
“There are important sites in Tiverton that are fading from memory,” Mr. Potvin said. “Who still remembers Whitridge Hall, Bridgeport, and the Town Farm before it was a recreation area?”
Tiverton Public Library Director Ann Grealish Rust said, “I am very excited about this program and any part we can play to assist with its success. Allowing people to access interesting historical information using their mobile equipment is a valuable service and the Tiverton Library is proud to be a part of this innovative project.”
Sandywoods Farm is at 43 Muse Way in Tiverton.
Workshop attendees can also grab a bite to eat at the spaghetti dinner benefiting the building fund for the new Tiverton library, also at Sandywoods on April 10, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
For more information about the workshop, the project, or to share items of interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Ronald_Potvin@Brown.edu, or visit the project Facebook page by searching for “Sakonnet Historical.”