A Lively Experiment

Notes on collections and events at the RIHS

Pushing Paper: Collections Highlight

For Rhode Island one of the most important events of the late 18th Century was the opening of paper mills in Providence. This was significant because early Rhode Island printers … Continue reading

29 January 2016 · Leave a comment

Food for Thought

Each week I try to sit down and plan the weekly meals, otherwise I end up eating toast! Every once in a while I pull out my family cookbooks and … Continue reading

21 January 2016 · Leave a comment

Missing the snow?

On this lovely 43 degree and sunny January day, I cannot help but miss the snow. Of course, like all Rhode Islanders, I am never satisfied with the weather. It … Continue reading

7 January 2016 · Leave a comment

Christmas Cheer?

Diary Excerpts from the Rhode Island Historical Society collections. While most diary entries about Christmas are happy remembrances like Sarah H. (Hawes) Harris’s of December 25, 1888: “Sophy and the … Continue reading

23 December 2015 · 3 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. 2 years ago
  • A great battle yesterday at Manassas junction on the old ground of the former battle. Federal arms victorious. 8000 of our men killed. 2 years ago
  • I have marketed my fruit to-day as usual. Apples are plenty and low. We are also busy on our wood-house. 2 years ago

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