Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons

March 8 2009

So since I am here in Boston for three weeks and two weekends, I decided to make the first weekend a travel weekend. I have never been to Rhode Island before, so I planned my Saturday around that.

For the first part of the trip, I wanted to trace some of my ancestry. My father's mother's father's mother was a Williams. A direct ancestor of Roger Williams, who founded Rhode Island. In the extended Roger Williams book that the Roger Williams Family Association publishes, you can even see my name in it! So this was the perfect time to check out what I could find in Providence, RI about Roger Williams. About a hour drive and I was in the capital of the state. I first headed to Roger Williams Memorial Park. There is a small park house with some great park rangers. They have a 5 minute video about the life of Roger Williams and then provided me with a map.



Image:Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons

Image:Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons





I then walked down to the First Baptist Church of America.


Image:Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons
Image:Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons
Image:Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons



I then walked up to the statue of Roger Williams, which he is buried under.


Image:Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons
Image:Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons
Image:Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons
Image:Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons



last I headed to the State Building to get some photos.


Image:Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons
Image:Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons
Image:Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons
Image:Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons



After that I headed down south to the home of Matt, Jess, and Zoe Stratton. We chatted for a bit and then headed out to a great sushi dinner in Mystic, CN at Peking Tokyo. We had a great time and Jess and I got to chat about Lotusphere, upcoming conferences, and stuff about the community. I think it was a great chance for both of us to just chat with folks in person. And Matt is such a rock star - when Zoe decided she didn't want to eat or sit, he became the man and walked with Zoe everywhere. I really admire how Matt gives Jess the space to hang out with us at Lotusphere and things like this. Definitely a lesson for me to learn and put into use in the future :-)

Image:Redbook Weekend #1 Part 2 - Tracing my ancestry and Dinner with the Strattons


A great Saturday. Special thanks to the Stratton's to playing host! You can see the entire picture set here.