A Lively Experiment

Notes on collections and events at the RIHS

Fantastic Beasts!

In honor of the release of  the much anticipated movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in theatres tomorrow, we wanted to share some beasts featured in a rare children’s book … Continue reading

17 November 2016 · Leave a comment

Have Mercy…

Immortalized in H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Shunned House”, rumored to be the inspiration for Lucy Westerna in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, destination for goth kids and ghost seekers around the world, she … Continue reading

31 October 2016 · Leave a comment

Meet Dr. William Bowen

Dr. William Bowen was born in Providence, March 8, 1747. His father, Dr. Ephraim Bowen, called him “Billie”. He is mentioned frequently in various family papers as being the physician … Continue reading

20 October 2016 · Leave a comment

A 1750 Walnut Stick Attack

Matthew Robinson (1709-1795) was a Newport lawyer. Supposedly minding his own business, walking the street in 1750 when he was attacked by merchant John Banister yielding a “large heavy walnut … Continue reading

6 October 2016 · Leave a comment

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