A Lively Experiment

Notes on collections and events at the RIHS

Object Thursday: Pirates Off Cuba! 1829

Many Rhode Islanders’ letters and records document foreign lands and more particularly their waters. The Collections of the Rhode Island Historical Society reflect and preserve that history — but not … Continue reading

14 May 2015 · Leave a comment

Happy R.I. Independence Day!

Happy Rhode Island Independence Day! Happy Independence Day Rhode Island! Two full months before the Continental Congress in Philadelphia declared independence from Great Britain, the General Assembly of Rhode Island passed … Continue reading

4 May 2015 · Leave a comment

Object Thursday: Letters to Napoli

The immigrant experience is central to the history of Rhode Island. Italian-Americans celebrate Saint Joseph’s day today. One fascinating collection of letters and ephemera in the collections of the Rhode … Continue reading

19 March 2015 · Leave a comment

R.I. Colonial Patriots of Color

Who is lost to the historical record? And can they be “rediscovered”? A long, often accurate, criticism of the teaching of the history of the United States is that people … Continue reading

11 December 2014 · 2 Comments

Stanton Beldon’s 1862 Diary on Twitter!

  • Mr. Spalding preached to-day at Fruit Hill – his closing sermon, for the present - preached 8 Sabbaths. 1 year ago
  • A great battle yesterday at Manassas junction on the old ground of the former battle. Federal arms victorious. 8000 of our men killed. 1 year ago
  • I have marketed my fruit to-day as usual. Apples are plenty and low. We are also busy on our wood-house. 1 year ago

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