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Rhode Island’s Shellfish Heritage: An Ecological History

  • Location: Newport Historical Society Resource Center
  • 82 Touro St.
  • Newport, RI 02840
  • Dates: January 26, 2017
  • Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Price: $5

The shellfish in Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island’s salt ponds have provided people with sustenance for over 2,000 years. Over time, shellfish have gained cultural significance, with their harvest becoming a family tradition and their shells offered as tokens of appreciation and represented as works of art. Schumann’s book covers the history of Rhode Island’s iconic oysters, quahogs and the well-known and lesser-known species in between, which she will highlight during her talk. She will offer the perspectives of those who catch, grow and sell shellfish, as well as of those who produce wampum, sculpture and books with shellfish — particularly quahogs — as their medium or inspiration.