A Lively Experiment

Notes on collections and events at the RIHS

Women in the Civil War

Kady Brownell may be our most famous Rhode Island woman that disguised herself as a man to fight in the Civil War but there are others, from Rhode Island and … Continue reading

22 March 2018 · Leave a comment

A Woman’s Touch: Ann Franklin, Printing Pioneer

Ann Smith was born in Boston, Mass. in 1696 to puritans Samuel and Anna Smith. For some context, this means she grew up during Queen Anne’s War (1702-1713) and witnessed … Continue reading

12 March 2018 · Leave a comment

She did more than make doughnuts…

she rocked a gas mask like a boss!!!   Gertrude Cottrell Bray (1888-1975) was the daughter of Ferdinand and Mary T. (Cottrell) of Pawtucket, R.I. and was a graduate of … Continue reading

8 March 2018 · Leave a comment

When the Going Gets Tough…

Eleanor Eldridge (1784-1862) “No man would have been treated so, and if a white woman had ever been the subject of such wrongs… the whole country would have been indignant.” … Continue reading

5 March 2018 · Leave a comment

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