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Roger Williams Decoded – April 30, 2013

williams-codeIn the John Carter Brown Library is a book, the margins of which are filled with a mysterious code, or shorthand, long believed to be the writing of Roger Williams, the seventeenth-century theologian and founder of Rhode Island. Although the shorthand went undeciphered for over three hundred years, in 2012, a team of Brown University undergraduate researchers, with the support of several faculty members, was able to crack the code. Contained within the shorthand was a previously untranslated essay written by Roger Williams late in his life, titled, “A Brief Reply to a Small Book Written by John Eliot,” which was part of an ongoing Protestant theological debate between those who believed the Bible supported the baptism of infants and those who were certain that adult baptism was the only biblically defensible practice.

Join us Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of America, 75 North Main Street in Providence, as we hear Lucas Mason-Brown, Stanley Lemons, and Linford D. Fisher describe the methodology used to crack the code as well as share the new light it sheds on Williams’ views of baptism and Native American conversion.

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Providence 375: Downcity Alive! Free Walking Tours

Celebrate Providence 375 Years

  • When: 2nd Thursday of each month through September 2011, noon-1PM
  • Where: Westminster Street steps of the Arcade, 130 Westminster Street

Discover how Roger Williams’ legacy is still visible in downtown Providence today! To celebrate Providence’s 375th birthday, join The Providence Foundation and The Rhode Island Historical Society for FREE downtown lunchtime walking tours on the second Thursday of each month through September 8th. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and be ready to learn! Topics relate to the official Providence 375 themes:

  • July 14: FREEDOM Roger Williams’ search for freedom, including visits to war memorials and the First Baptist Church.
  • August 11: ROOTS Providence’s industrial and ethnic roots, ranging from the Irish Famine Memorial to the Roots Cafe.
  • September 8: INGENUITY Creative Providence, from AS220′s properties to the RISD Library and the adaptive re-use of downtown department stores.

Reservations are not required, and tours will take place rain or shine. For more information, visit: providencedowntown.com or rihs.org. For a calendar of other Providence 375 events, visit providence375.com.

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Providence 375: Downcity Alive! Free Walking Tours

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  • When: 2nd Thursday of each month, June through September 2011, 12noon – 1pm
  • Where: Westminster Street steps of the Arcade, 130 Westminster Street

Discover how Roger Williams’ legacy is still visible in downtown Providence today! To celebrate Providence’s 375th birthday, join The Providence Foundation and The Rhode Island Historical Society for FREE downtown lunchtime walking tours on the second Thursday of each month from June 9th through September 8th. Wear comfortable walking shoes, and be ready to learn! Topics relate to the 4 official Providence 375 themes:

June 9: HOPE

An introduction and overview about the preservation and reinvention of the downtown historic district.

July 14: FREEDOM

Roger Williams’ search for freedom, including visits to war memorials and the First Baptist Church.

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