A Lively Experiment

Notes on collections at the RIHS

Mystery Case

In the basement of the John Brown House, in a white-tiled storage room, in an archival box of men’s personal items, there is a small tortoiseshell case. The item is … Continue reading

6 August 2020 · Leave a comment

In Memoriam: Paul R. Campbell

In Memoriam: Paul R. Campbell 1948-2020 The Rhode Island Historical Society joins the Rhode Island research community to mourn the passing of Paul R. Campbell. A prolific researcher and author … Continue reading

4 August 2020 · Leave a comment

Slate Rock, The Landing Place of Roger Williams

  Although it is now largely forgotten, Rhode Islanders of the nineteenth century considered Slate Rock to be one of Providence’s most historically significant landmarks. The boulder was a prominent … Continue reading

3 August 2020 · Leave a comment

Fruit Hill Detecting Society vs. Horse and Carriage Thieves

While reading through a 1916 guide to the RIHS’ old Cabinet building, I came upon an item which piqued my curiosity: the seal of the Fruit Hill Detecting Society. According … Continue reading

30 July 2020 · Leave a comment

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