The John Clarke Society, organized in February
2008 with a Director, three Trustees, and four advisors.
Having success with two trial lectures delivered in 2007,
the Society went forth with two major events in this
founding year; Charter Day on July 8th and John Clarke Day
on the 11th and 12th of October.
With great assistance from state senators
Theresa Paiva-Weed and June Gibbs, the Society
was able to establish a day of commemoration,
John Clarke Day, into perpetuity.
As next year will mark the 400th birthday of
John Clarke, plans are already being made to
make it a banner year. Notwithstanding the
400th, plans are also in progress to continue
the John Clarke Lecture Series with a focus on
the environment that Rhode Island's earliest
settlers encountered. Most peculiarly, adjoining
colonists were hostile and the native Indians
Paul Robinson Ph.D. will deliver the first
lecture. As Rhode Island's senior
anthropologist, Professor Robinson has devoted
his career to learning about this indigenous
Primary Document Sources
The Society is always looking for original
particularly documents written to or by John
Clarke. If you have knowledge about the location
of any such documents, please let us know. They
are essential to the development of the
Society's virtual library. Primary documents are
contemporary sources of information such as the
actual letters written by Roger Williams. They
are critical to informed research as resources,
commentary on primary documents, may have a
Locating and publishing primary documents is
therefore an essential objective of the John
Drawing Room Antiques of Newport contributed a
very early edition of John
Callender's important work, The Early History of Rhode
TRUSTEES: The Society now has a full
compliment of Trustees as Jasper Smith Ph.D.
moves from being an Advisor to Trustee and
Terrance Gavin CPA CFP. Jasper, or Jake as he is
better known, brings a wealth of academic
experience in communications. Terry has now
taken over control of the Society's finances as
treasurer. For more information on the Society's
Trustees please click on
ADVISORS: John Clarke
Society Advisors proceed through a vetting
period to ensure that they will be able to bring
consummate growth to the Society. We are pleased
to announce that Bernard Fishman Ph.D., Director
of the Rhode Island Historical Society, and Paul
Hanson D.Min., pastor of the United (John Clarke
Memorial) Baptist Church have been approved by
the Trustees and Director. Bernard has already
assisted the Society by increasing its outreach
to the Providence area and Paul delivered an
outstanding talk on the role of early Baptists
in passing the torch of democracy from John
Clarke to Samuel Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
Both are gifted speakers.
For more information on the Society's Advisors
please click on
LIFE MEMBERS: The Society
is grateful to Les Ballard and David Barker Ford
for their substantial contributions to the
operating fund. Their donations arrives at a
time when banks and other contributing
organizations have pulled back as a result of
the current Wall Street situation. Our gratitude
goes out to fundraiser and Senior Society
Advisor Ralph Carpenter for reaching out so
Claude Levi-Strauss wrote in Overture," sct.
I therefore claim to show, not how men think in
myths, but how myths operate in menís minds
without their being aware of the fact."
Listing of Past
of John Clarke Society lectures and events.
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Even if you are already a member, please consider a
small contribution and if you are not, please
consider joining. Our membership rates are the
least expensive of any local non-profit and our
events are free and open to the public.
The Society is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit
organization so making a contribution for
membership or our operating fund is tax
deductible but for $5.00.
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