Programs: Schools, Libraries, Historical SocietiesGiovanni Verrazzano, 1485-1528, "The Navigator", Florentine sailor, employed by Francois Premier to sail from Dieppe to American coast in 1524. Cruised from Florida to Narragansett Bay, spent three summer weeks here. His "Letter to the King", purchased from the Vatican by J. P. Morgan studied by Tempus Fugit in New York, along with contemporary globes to the Morgan Library and Museum and New-York Historical Society.
Samuel Ward, 1725-1776, Newport native, R.I. Governor during the Stamp Act riots, Delegate to both Continental Congresses. Head of the "Committee of the Whole", where declarations to the English Parliament were composed in camera. Maintained 600 acre farm in Westerly with Block Island-born wife and eleven children. Died, of smallpox, in Philadelphia, 3/27/76.
George Washington, 1732-1799, Colonel, Virginia Militia en route to Boston, February, 1756. Tempus Fugit has staged six "Colonel Washington Rides". See below.
Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, Litterateur, granddaughter of Samuel Ward, resident of Boston and Newport. With readings, poems and piano presented Mrs. Ward at Channing Memorial Church, Newport, in 2002.
Caroline Hazard, 1856-1945, President of Wellesley College, 1899-1910, philanthropist, historian, poet, artist.. Established South County Hospital and Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum.
Following her brother, Rowland Hazard (1852-1917), supported the work of Joseph Winthrop Holley's "Bible and Mechanical" school in Albany, Georgia that evolved into Albany State University, in the Sixties site of the "Albany Movement", Martin Luther King's predecessor of the marches in Selma and Montgomery.
Westerly Granite History, Guided by Isaac Gallup Smith, grandson of founder of Westerly Granite, using his documents and those at the Westerly Library, presented work of Edmund Pausch (the only granite equestrian statue of George Washington), in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, Civil War monuments, and those in River Bend Cemetery.
Enactments:Colonel Washington's "Journey to Boston", February 22, 1756.
Introduced at URI's Watson House in 1994, repeated at the "Ye Olde Tavern" site in Wakefield, and 1996. Transferred to URI's School of Oceanography, (the Bay Campus) for runs in 2001 and 2003. Sponsored by Washington Trust Company, NewportFed and South County Tourism Council.
In 1999 presented in reduced form at homestead site of Samuel Ward, Langworthy Corner, Westerly. Anna Ray Ward and Hannah, the eldest daughter of the family are buried in graveyard, regularly "flagged" by the V.IF.W. in nearby field.
Staged at Westerly's Babcock-Smith House, sponsored by Washington Trust Company, 2010.
Bicentennial lectures for Washington Trust Company, January, 2000. Gordon S. Wood, Alva Way Professor at Brown University encouraged colleagues with similar national credentials to appear.
Speakers marking Rhode Island contributions to recovery from 9/11, January, 2002, Varnam Armory, East Greenwich. Washington Trust Company sponsor.
Teaching:Meadowbrook Waldorf (Rudolph Steiner) School; Westerly, Jamestown, South Kingstown, R.I.; Newport Public Library, Home School League of Rhode Island, Salve University, Newport, Rhode Island, "Circle of Scholars".
Articles:Larchmont Anniversary February 9, 1907.