A Lively Experiment

Notes on collections and events at the RIHS

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

Destruction of History/History of Destruction

The architectural history of Rhode Island is a fascinating and frequently researched topic in the R.I.H.S. Collections. Buildings that housed people also housed their memories. While Rhode Island still has many … Continue reading

15 September 2016 · 2 Comments

“Trust To Yr Own Head”: an Account of Hurricane Carol

Today in 1954 Hurricane Carole hit Rhode Island with its full force. Read this first-hand account by Providence resident Gorton Thayer Lippitt (1898-1978) from a recently unsealed folder in the Lippitt … Continue reading

31 August 2016 · Leave a comment

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