Turkey, located mostly on the Anatolian peninsula has served as the link among many cultures. The Silk Road that connected Europe to the Middle East, India, and all the way to China was the main trade route between the east and the west in its time. The people of Anatolia played the role of the generous hosts to caravans for many centuries. The flowing traffic through what is now within the borders of Turkish Republic enriched the lives of the passers by as well as the local residents. The interaction among the local and transient cultures has made the area one of the riches historical regions in the world.
We have come a long way since the days of the Silk Road, literally and figuratively. However, the interaction among cultures continues even more strongly now. Rhode Island has become home for many who immigrated from Turkey over the years. We are the entrepreneurs, the business people, the tailors, the teachers, the hairdressers, the government employees, the politicians, and more importantly, we are the citizens of Rhode Island.
When the Heritage Harbor Museum started to take shape, the Turkish-origin citizens of Rhode Island gathered around a common mission to share their cultural and ethnic heritage in Rhode Island with others. This, we hope, will teach others about the Turkish heritage and make use better appreciate our cultural heritage and the heritage of other cultures, for understanding others must start with understanding ourselves.
We greatly appreciate your visit to our Web site and hope that you will contact us and lend us your support in making our mission a reality for Rhode Island and Rhode Islanders. If you have any questions, suggestions, or recommendations, please contact us. We will be happy to hear from you.