Welcome to the Providence Waterways StoryMap! We are excited to share our passion for the waterways of Providence with you, through history, narratives, short stories, images and fun facts. This interactive StoryMap puts the power in your hands; to explore it however you want to. Why? One idea kept jumping up and waving to us throughout the evolution of this project: connection.
The Providence Waterways project began during a time when many of us were struggling to feel connected – to each other, to our friends and families, communities, and nature around us. It was a time of isolation and worry. The idea of connectedness became an antidote to that as we thought together about all of the ways water connects people to each other: past, present and future. Through themes from public health to immigration, labor to industrialization and spirituality to our everyday chores, water is ever-present.
It is exactly this powerful connection that we hope for you too, as you explore this StoryMap in the way that best suits your needs. Reading at home? Yes. Going out to visit the sites? Wonderful. A little of both? Perfect. You can immerse in this StoryMap as a group, or by yourself. You can read every word and view every image, or jump around, following your own curiosity. We hope this will lead you to participate in our prompts, share your stories, and help us expand on this project because it’s not done! This is just the beginning. By participating in the project, you can become part of it, too.
So, please, dive into our StoryMap (click the button below), swim around in these ideas and take a cool drink of the stories we have gathered for you!