Starting May 4, visitors to Providence’s Mashapaug Pond can learn about the area’s history with a cell phone audio tour created by Brown public humanities students. The tour, titled Mashapaug’s Neighbors: Stories from Beyond the Pond, aims to bring attention to the ways that Mashapaug has been used in the past, the challenges it faces in the present, and the possibilities for renewal in the future. The tour uses oral histories of the pond from current and former neighbors, former Gorham Silver Manufacturing Co. workers, teachers and students from several city schools, and artists and activists who are trying to address environmental issues at the site. Working with Holly Ewald of the Urban Pond Procession and Annie Valk of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, students in “Oral History and Community Memory” worked throughout the semester to record the stories used in the tour. To take the tour, call 401-643-2578. The tour runs until Oct. 15, 2013.

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