Notes on collections at the RIHS
As part of What Cheer Day on October 13, RIHS Library will offer Collections Sneak Peaks at 11 am and 1:30 pm and special presentations at 9:30 am and 3 pm. Please register ahead for any of these events as space is limited!
Please note: The Library will not be open for research that day. Our apologies to regular Saturday researchers.
What Cheer Day events at the Library:
Collections Sneak Peak
11 am – 11:30 am & 1 pm – 1:30 pm
James DaMico, RIHS Special Collections Curator
Pay no attention to that man(uscript) behind the curtain . . . Actually, we welcome you to pay attention to those manuscripts! Ever wonder where the RIHS keeps its fascinating materials? Venture behind the curtain for a special look at our Collections storage. Limited to 10 participants.
Rhode Island Civil War Hospital: Life and Death at Portsmouth Grove, 1862-1865
Frank Grzyb, Author
During the Civil War, thousands of wounded and sick Union soldiers and Confederate prisoners convalesced in a general army hospital in rural Portsmouth Grove, Rhode Island. Because of its location on the periphery of the action the hospital has remained a footnote to the dramatic sweep of Civil War literature. However, its history and the experiences of the doctors, nurses, patients and guards that gave it life provide a new perspective about society and Civil War America.
Frank L. Grzyb, author of two previous books, has contributed numerous articles to newspapers and magazines about America’s Civil War. He is a member of the Rhode Island Civil War Round Table and hails from Portsmouth.
Hear Ye! Rhode Island Wartime Broadsides
Phoebe Bean, Printed Collections Librarian
Broadsides are posters that served as the news flashes of the 18th century. Often printed hastily in times of war, they called for Rhode Islanders to take up arms and provide blankets for the troops. They also spread the latest news of British troop movements and how to collect bounties. This lecture will show highlights of the Society’s stellar Broadside Collection and discuss their social and political importance.
Preservation and electronic cataloging of the Colonial and Revolutionary RIHS Broadside Collection over the past three years was made possible by grants from the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the Revolution, the Rhode Island Society of Colonial Wars, the Rhode Island Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and the General Society of Colonial Wars.